RUIDOSO – In its continued commitment to the youth of Lincoln County, the Boys and Girls Club of Sierra Blanca has agreed to take on the Lincoln County Little Warriors Youth Football League and will facilitate the league starting next fall.
“We feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to transfer this program to the Boys and Girls Club of Sierra Blanca where it is ensured that this program will remain about the best interest of the children in our surrounding areas and be run as a non-profit entity,” said Casey Guardiola, secretary for the league.“As an organization with a 501(c)3 nonprofit status, we have the resources and abilities to seek grants and other funding sources to provide a reasonably priced sports program,” said Tim Coughlin, executive director for the Boys and Girls Club. “Donors can be assured that they will receive a tax deduction receipt and be able to enjoy the tax benefits of donating to a nonprofit.”
The league will continue to be an independent league, but the name will change to the Lincoln County Youth Football League. Members of the former league’s board, along with other interested individuals will oversee the program.
“Our intent is not to micro manage the operations of the league, they run a good program,” Coughlin said. “We will serve in more of an oversight and fiscal agent capacity for the league. We have been working with Manny and Casey Guardiola for some time to assure a smooth transition and that this program will flourish and continue to provide opportunities for the youth of Lincoln County.”
“Our sincere hope is that this program grows and prospers into something that will make a lasting positive impact on our future generations. Football is a wonderful tool to aid in teaching life lessons,” Casey Guardiola said. “Our children learn the value of team work, winning and losing with class and dignity, and the perseverance it requires to reach their end goals. Football is a fun sport but at the end of the day the lessons our kids learn from it is really what it’s all about.”
When asked about what the addition of the football program will mean to the Boys and Girls Club, Programs Coordinator Jacqueline Pride said, “I think this will be a great way for people in our community that don’t know what we do to come and see the changes we are making daily in our youth.”
Those interested in donating, or volunteering, with the youth football program should contact the Boys and Girls Club of Sierra Blanca at 575-808-8338. The Boys and Girls Club of Sierra Blanca is located at 134 Reese Drive (the old middle school) in Ruidoso. The Club opened its doors to the community in 2012 and continues to grow.