Pop Warner Football
Mac and Drew Bledsoe Recognized
Pop Warner and the Drew Bledsoe Foundation have been working
together for years in an effort to educate both young people and
Mac and Drew Bledsoe were in Phoenix in Arizona of 2000 for
the 41st Annual Pop Warner Awards Program where Mac delivered the keynote
address and Drew received Pop Warner’s Inspiration to Youth Award for his
efforts to improve the lives of children.
Mac was quoted as saying "the core message would be that if you view Pop Warner for your
children as only being about dance, or only being about cheering, or only being
about football, then you missed the point.
Pop Warner Little Scholars is a laboratory. It’s about teaching children in
which you can teach them that their ideas and actions determine the outcomes
they get in life…that they are not victims, that they’re participants in
their own lives.
And the Little Scholars program, you wouldn’t have any access to those kids to
talk to them about scholarship if it weren’t a part of competitive athletics
and competitive cheer and dance.
I coached football for 29 years. It was never about football. It was always
about something else that I was teaching them that was at a higher plane. Every
week of every season that I ever coached, I always had a theme. We would talk
about competitive greatness, we would talk about family, we would talk about
reliability, dependability. And then we’d build that into something and then
we’d see that thinking about those moral things gave us a better chance to
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