Compton boys football program adds nutritional training table
“The sense of community… feeding fantastic dinners to all the players, coaches, and anyone else who shows up is completely unheard of"
Photo courtesy The Hub City Tar Heels
Boys football players, coaches receive summer-long nutritional meals following practice sessions
COMPTON — The Hub City Tar Heels, a Compton non-profit youth tackle boys football program for ages 6-14, is gearing up for the new football season, which starts official practices on July 24, 2017.
However, to keep kids busy and off the streets, the Tar Heels practice all summer long and include a free complete nutritional dinner after practice sessions. The menu includes the best pasta, chicken, vegetables, and large milk to help the players recover, and stay strong.
Organization president Wilson Mays, 38, grew up in the area and this is his way of giving back to the community. Mays grew up in Compton and attended Manuel Dominguez High School. Following an early stint with gangs, Mays found himself on the wrong end of the criminal justice system. He said he was able to shake loose of street-level vice and turn around his life, competing in a local youth boys football program.
A catastrophic motorcycle accident, however, which severed several ligaments in his leg, cut short his days on the gridiron. Ironically, Mays, the victim of an errant motorist, received a financial settlement for his injuries, which he put to good use.
“I used a lump sum [of the money] to start the football program in 2012,” he said. “It’s been really hard doing this [without any help] on my own, but today we have 300 kids in the program. It’s my way of helping keep kids out of gangs and in trouble.”
Ben Burns, a local parent whose son competes in the program is overwhelmed with the success of the Hub City Tar Heels.
“The sense of community… feeding fantastic dinners to all the players, coaches, and anyone else who shows up is completely unheard of. I’ve never seen anything like it!” Burns said.
The Hub City Tar Heels is preparing for their first season competing in the Southern California Florida Youth Football League, where they compete at home and away against 9 other teams — Wilmington Pilots, OC Buckeyes, SoCal Braves, Cerritos Vypers, Empire Pride, WC Dolphins, Moval Falcons, SouthBay Spartans, and IE Ducks.
“Our program is all about teaching kids not only how to play football the right way, but how to succeed in life,” said Tar Heels Head Coach Ron White.
Practices for the Tar Heels occur Monday -Thursday from 6-8 p.m., at Compton High School, 601 S Acacia Ave, Compton, CA 90220. [MAP]
The Hub City Tar Heels are now recruiting 6- to 14-year-olds (no weight restrictions) for all positions.
Contact President Wilson Mays for more information at (310) 251-3080 or Ron White at (310) 714-1064.