IT STARTED IN 2017 WITH A TEAM OF 17.

With a lack of a quality youth tackle football programs in the Shawnee Heights area, the Young Thunderbirds were formed in 2017.  Our coaches wanted this program to be different - we wanted a football family built on fundamentals and fun, all while preparing our young athletes for their future.

A lot of youth football programs focus solely on winning, and fail to teach essential skills needed to develop football players with the game-time knowledge they need to play at a high level as they grow into high school and collegiate athletes. That first year was rough; we didn't score a single touchdown and didn't know if we'd have enough players for a second year.

Word got around about the type of program we were trying to build, and much to our surprise we grew to three teams with 54 players our second year.

By year three, we had built a reputation of growing young athletes instead of solely focusing on wins. We were teaching the game the RIGHT way. Our third season began with five teams, built around 105 players.

We now have multiple tackle football teams at all grade levels - growing skills for over 150 players each season. Now we see lots of wins but still hold true to our beginning goals - to build fundamentals, have fun, and focus on the future. Winning is a by-product of doing things the right way!

Meet the Young Thunderbirds Football Program Operating Committee

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Matt Dunkin

President

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Kristy Hanshaw

Vice-President

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Leslie Samuels

Treasurer

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Alicia Moore

Secretary

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Mark Eisenbarth

Member-At-Large

Fundraising Chair

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Max Sanchez

Member-at-Large

Game Day Chair

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Kasey Griffith

Member-at-Large

Social Media and Communications

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Alex Osborne

Member-at-Large