By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen
By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen

Lawrenceville Youth Football Association Kicks Off 2016 Season

By Katie Hart Smith
Staff Correspondent

On Saturday, July 23, 2016, the Lawrenceville Youth Association (LYA) football and cheer programs kicked off their 2016 season by hosting a community gathering and cook-out at Rhodes Jordan Park. 

In addition, as a way of showing their support for their community and the LYA, the Lawrenceville Police Department was on site with officers and a patrol vehicle to engage with citizens, answer questions, and distribute public safety information.  The City of Lawrenceville’s Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson was also in attendance.

The President of the Lawrenceville Youth Football Association, Doug Washington said, “The goal of the LYA is to keep kids active while building teamwork and developing the children’s football skills.”  He added, “Participation in sports helps teach life lessons about the ups and downs of life. Kids aren’t as active due to video games. We promote the importance of physical activity, teach kids how to handle challenges, about teamwork, while focusing on the development of the kids.”

LYA is a non-profit, volunteer organization that serves as a feeder program for the Central Gwinnett Cluster that contains the following schools: Simonton Elementary; Lawrenceville Elementary; Jenkins Elementary; Cedar Hill Elementary; Winn Holt Elementary; Richards Middle; Jordan Middle; and Moore Middle.

The Lawrenceville Youth Football Association is open to children six years of age to rising eighth graders. The LYA offers flag football in the spring and football tackle programs in the fall. They even participate in the Gwinnett Football League (GFL) and compete against teams within that county-wide organization.

To learn more about the Lawrenceville Youth Association football and cheer programs, visit: www.lyafootball.com.