JR DRAGONS YOUTH LEAGUE
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WHO WE ARE
Jr Dragons Youth League is a volunteer-led league open to students enrolled in Pre-K through 6th grade in USD 250, and introduces players to football while preparing them for future play at PCMS and PHS. Teams compete against teams in other cities across southeast Kansas and southwest Missouri.
WHY YOUTH FOOTBALL?
Numerous studies point to the benefits of youth sports, including improvements in physical and mental health, increased self-esteem and perseverance, and growth in feelings of belonging and community. Jr Dragons does this and more by instilling an early love for the game that can carry forward to high school athletics. Research shows student athletes have better grades, healthier social relationships, and fewer discipline problems, and are far more likely to be on a path to be responsible, contributing adults in our community.
“Before kids can play like a pro, they must enjoy playing the game like a kid.”
Jr Dragons Youth League Board of Directors
Travis Akins (President)
Matt Rush (Vice President)
Josh Lattimer (head football coach at PHS)
Bryan Mahnken (head football coach at PCMS)
Jeff Staley (athletic director for PHS)
We introduce players to football fundamentals, teamwork, and sportsmanship while preparing them for future play at PCMS and PHS while helping them develop a love for the game.