2002-12-07 / Sports

P.S. 197 Holds Virtual Y Flag Football Championships

P.S. 197 Holds Virtual Y Flag Football Championships

The students of Public School 197 in Far Rockaway have been playing flag football since September. Under the direction of Coach Greg Carter, the children have been learning skills, good sportsmanship, and teamwork. Using the YMCA values (caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility) the children have learned what it means to work together safely for a common goal.

The Flag Football program is part of the Virtual Y at P.S. 197. This YMCA After School program is funded by the Cross Island YMCA, The After school Corporation, and Computer Associates. The program is currently serving 127 children, grades K through Five. This five-year-old program is now under the direction of the Y’s Senior Site Coordinator, Regina Mitchell.

The Virtual Y program is literacy-based and operates in many schools throughout the metropolitan area under the YMCA’s administration and funding sources. The program offers homework help, literacy through art and games, and a wide range of sports and performing arts activities.

Flag football is one of several sports offered to the children of P.S.197. "Although Junior Knicks Basketball will always be a part of our program, the goal this year is to offer sports that these children would normally not be exposed to," said Mitchell. She further stated, "our recent championship game marked the end of the Flag Football season. On November 27, 2002, before a cheering crowd of parents and fellow students, both of our second grade teams and our fourth and fifth grade teams played a spirited game. The children will now move on to Tennis followed by Lacrosse."

The Cross Island YMCA is located at 238-10 Hillside Avenue in Bellerose, Queens. The Virtual Y program in Far Rockaway is one of many offsite programs offered by the Cross Island Y. For more information call 718 479-0505.

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