Bulldog days of summer

Published 8:53 pm Monday, July 10, 2023

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The light rain couldn’t keep the Bulldogs away Saturday as Suffolk’s new non-profit organization promoting youth football and cheerleading held its first community day event.

The Saturday, July 8 afternoon event at Sleepy Hole Park brought together parents, children and Bulldogs board members for food, games, a raffle and the chance to purchase merchandise.

Vice President Montreal Scott said all of their board members work together as a team, as a collective unit.

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 “We knew that we [were] a brand new organization and there was kind of a way where we can kind of get the community involved and get kids registered for the season,”Scott said.

Bulldogs President Vincent Hill Jr. pointed to their mission of bringing the community together.

“We were just trying to let everybody in the community know what we had going on, basically bringing the kids together, a bonding time,” he said.

Hill said the Bulldogs want to see progress in Suffolk youth sports.

“Youth football in Suffolk, we’re going to take it to another level,” he said. “The other cities, their youth programs are progressing and we’re trying to do the same for our city so our kids won’t get left behind.”

Scott said he hopes the Bulldogs will continue to see growth in the organization. He said about 60 to 70 children have registered. The organization aims to have more than 100 registered next year.

“We’re a community based organization, not just an inner city organization,” he said. “We are community based. So we try to cater to every person — every child, every boy, every girl, every parent. That way, it’s like a big family.”

For more information on the Suffolk Bulldogs, go to suffolkbulldogs.com.