Football’s Long Lasting Impression on a Youth Fighting Cancer

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Optimist Youth Football Ends the Season with a Special Touch

Optimist Youth Football held its junior and senior league championship games Saturday, October 21, at Bishop Kelly High School.

For the first time, out-of-town teams made each of the two title games (Homedale in junior and Kuna in senior).

This year, players had the inflated helmet and the smoke and everything!

Congratulations to players, coaches, officials and families on another great season!

Nothing Quite Like Youth Football Moms – We Appreciate Them!

Boise’s fall youth football season for my kids has come to an end. I am so grateful for such a wonderful season full of fun, great friendships, and a lot of football.  One of my favorite things about being a ‘football mom’ is having the opportunity to meet and get to know other moms and families.  We have great moments sitting on the sidelines, cheering each other’s athletes on and sharing videos that we took of each other’s kids touchdowns. These moms have been an amazing support system and it is one more reason that there is more to football than playing football.

Uniform washing, touchdown loving, sideline yelling, picture taking, always cheering—football Mom

Youth Football Friendships: Pregame, In-game & Postgame

One of the things we most love about Treasure Valley youth football is the camaraderie – the lifelong friendships formed by being on a team.

Kids bond over teamwork, strategy and working together to accomplish goals. They share the joy of their successes and the problem-solving that comes with adversity.

The experience of a fall Saturday at the Boise Optimist fields stays with them all week.

We appreciate the coaches and the officials and the parents – and especially the players who make football go!

Boise Youth Football Beating the Heat

Written By: Tom Scott

Boise youth football players play for each other through rain, sleet, sun and heat!

Regarding the latter, it sure didn’t faze the kids at the Optimist fields on Saturday, September 16th.

They forged ahead on a toasty 90 degree day, and there was access to water everywhere they turned.

(The officials did get a break here and there!)

Youth Football Jamboree at Boise State

Written By: Tom Scott

Thanks to Optimist Youth Football for another successful Saturday at the annual Youth Football Jamboree at Boise State Albertsons Stadium, August 19th

It’s a great thrill for youngsters to play on the famous blue turf.

This year there were 50 teams and more than 1,000 players and 300 cheerleaders.

And we can’t forget coaches, parents, family and friends!

It was a good time for all, and it was an experience the participants will always remember.

Thank A Referee Today!

Written By: Friend Of Football Volunteers

We ask that you take a moment the next time you are on the field and thank and recognize the effort made by our referees!  While we understand that the referee pool has a broad range of ages and skill levels represented in any given game, all of us parents, coaches and players recognize that this is a difficult role – particularly for our younger teenage referees who might be working for the very first time.
Please thank a referee, and please encourage your athlete to thank a referee as well. A little kindness and respect for the officials can go a long way! We are beyond grateful for the work and the effort that referees put in, We need our referees in order to play the game; please show them respect. 
By showing our referees respect, we will help create an environment in which our younger referees feel comfortable and safe so they return each season, more experienced and knowledgeable than before. And we set a great example for our kids.