February 22, 2023 - ALBERTVILLE- The Albertville Pee Wee Football and Cheerleading programs are merging with Sand Mountain Park beginning this year. These programs will become part of the youth sport offerings that the park organizes and executes.
Football and cheerleading registration will be available online or in-person at Guest Services from March 1st – April 15th through Sand Mountain Park. Registration information will be available online at www.sandmountpark.com and at our Facebook page, @sandmountainpark. All practices will be held at the park, and games will be split between the park and Albertville High School this season. Football and Cheerleading will continue to be part of the North Alabama Youth Football League (NAYF), and football coaches will continue to be certified through USA Football. Sand Mountain Park will also host the NAYF Super Bowl in October of this year.
Kenny Jones became President of Albertville Aggies Pee-wee football in 2002. He had a vision to start the Marshall County Youth Football & Cheerleading League for all the high schools in the county to have a pee wee program. In 2004 his vision had grown to 12 programs in Marshall, Etowah & Dekalb counties. That is when he created the North Alabama Youth Football & Cheerleading League (NAYF). Twenty-one years later, NAYF now has grown to 32 programs in the following Alabama counties Marshall, Etowah, Dekalb, Jackson, Madison, South Pittsburg TN. & Trenton GA.
"NAYF Commissioner Kenny Jones said he is pleased to see how the Albertville Pee Wee program grew over the years with the help from VP Lance Williams, VP Ben Hulgan, VP Jeff Jenkins, and VP Scott Maynor. Now with Scott and Sand Mountain Park working together this transition will take the Albertville Aggies Pee Wee program to the next level."
“I look forward to the change that will come with the merge of the Albertville Pee Wee cheer program and Sand Mountain Park, said Crystal Cox, Vice President of Albertville Pee Wee Cheer. The many resources the park can provide will help ensure the growth of the program. I will remain as cheer vice president for at least two years. During this two year transition I look forward to seeing this program prosper.”
“With the changes coming at the high school with a new head football coach, we feel it’s a good time to start the transition of turning over the Albertville Pee Wee program to Sand Mountain Park, said Scott Maynor, Vice President of Albertville Pee Wee Football. This is a transition that will slowly take place over the next two years. I look forward to continuing to be the Vice President for Albertville over the next two seasons and throughout the transition. We are excited for the great resources that Sand Mountain Park can help us provide to all players, coaches, and parents.”
“One of the most important purposes of the park is to grow and expand our youth sport opportunities for our community, said Sand Mountain Park General Manager Patrick O’Brien. We are so excited to add pee wee football and cheerleading to our annual youth sports programming schedule. The park’s resources and structure can help significantly improve both programs, building on the already strong foundation and cultivating future growth. There is also a great opportunity to build stronger connectivity with the Albertville High School varsity football and cheerleading programs, and there is commitment by us and the high school to make that happen. The future of youth football and cheer in Albertville is extremely bright and we are very thankful to be part of it.”
Youth sports participation currently averages close to 2,500 kids per year at the park and adding these programs will increase that number. In addition to the newly added Pee Wee Football and Cheerleading programs, the park also offers Miracle League, soccer, basketball, t-ball, softball, baseball, tennis, swimming, flag football, and volleyball for kids in the Sand Mountain region. The park will continue to expand these youth programming efforts to maximize the positive impact it has having on the surrounding communities.
Albertville, Alabama, is conveniently located 80 miles north of Birmingham, approximately one hour south of Huntsville, 2-1/2 hours west of Atlanta, and about three hours south of Nashville.
Sand Mountain Park & Amphitheater is a sports, leisure, wellness and entertainment venue with 16 tennis courts, 14 outdoor turf fields, a 6,000+ person capacity outdoor amphitheater, an 8-lane indoor competition/lap pool, an outdoor water park, multiple playgrounds, an RV park, an 18-hole disc golf course, a 3.5+ mile walking/running trail, two dog parks, and a 103,000-square-foot community recreation center that includes four hardwood courts, a 2-story fitness center, a 2-lane indoor track, concessions, locker rooms and conference/party rooms.
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