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Flo Rida, Freezy, Florida Youth Football League debut
It’s been a really good debut season for the Florida Youth Football League. Founded by rapper, singer, songwriter, businessman and philanthropist Flo Rida, the league featured 10 programs from Pompano to Liberty City.
The FYFL totaled approximately 3,500 participants in youth tackle football and cheerleading. The goal is to incorporate youth enrichment through music and sports with an educational component. Balancing academics and athletics in teaching boys and girls how to study and compete.
Miami’s own Flo Rida is a Carol City original. He recently donated new uniforms to the Carol City High School football team and made the inaugural FYFL Super Bowl something to remember.
The Super Bowl winning teams received a huge trophy, and the runners-up earned some nice hardware. Each player in the finals was awarded a medal, and the champions were also presented a Super Bowl ring. No order forms involved. Flo Rida fit the bill for all of the above including the rings, and they were very nice.
The players were very excited about the rings. It was like Christmas. Each quickly opened the box. Their eyes popped. Some yelled. Others admired it on their finger. They couldn’t wait to show off the rings at school.
If that wasn’t enough (and it was), each Super Bowl MVP received a crystal trophy.
Flo Rida wanted to do something special. Mission accomplished. He had much help from the FYFL board which included veteran South Florida youth football personnel like FYFL President Martin Maultsby, Al Brown, Nicole Carter and Jimi Montanez.
Lee Freezy Prince is not only Flo Rida’s manager, but he is also very instrumental in the formation and continuation of the FYFL. Prince, a Miami native, participated in youth football growing up, playing for the Carl City Optimist Chiefs and Carol City High School.
Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert attended the FYFL Super Bowl in Pompano Beach, proudly watching several of his city’s teams in the finals. Rappers Billy Blue and Brisco also attended.
Flo Rida, Billy Blue and Brisco are signed with Poe Boy Music Group. Flo Rida also owns his own company, International Music Group.
In 48 hours, Flo Rida, Billy Blue and Brisco traveled from four airports, two states and two countries to perform shows and attend the FYFL Super Bowl. The journey took them from Miami to Austin, Texas to the Bahamas and return to Miami.
Prince said Flo Rida was not going to miss the FYFL Super Bowl, and they made sure to mark it in the tour schedule with the final destination Pompano Beach. He participated in one of the FYFL awards ceremonies, posed for some photos with kids, shook hands, did media and watched some football.
The FYFL is working with the NYFL, founded by another Miami rapper, record label owner and businessman, Luther Uncle Luke Campbell of 2 Live Crue fame.
Miami Xtreme Super Bowl
The unbeaten South Miami Grey Ghosts 10U (90 pounds) football team defeated the Miami Lakes Jaguars 24-6 in the Miami Xtreme Super Bowl at Milander Park in Hialeah. The defense, which allowed six points per game, shut out the Jaguars as Miami Lakes’ lone score was on a kickoff return.