Four Richmond Steelers teams are headed to the Snoop Youth Football League national championships in Long Beach next month after winning their respective regional titles.
The Steelers program found swift success in their first year in the league, which was founded by Snoop Dogg, also a dedicated coach. After falling to Snoop’s Pee Wee team in the season’s first game at Kennedy High in September, Richmond’s Pee Wee squad hasn’t lost a game since. The team finished with a 10-1 record.
The Steelers’ Future team, ages 5-6 (pictured below), and Junior Clinic team, ages 7-8, also finished at 10-1. The Junior Pee-Wee team was undefeated at 11-0.
All four teams were victorious at the regional title games at Chabot College in Hayward on Nov. 21. They have now been invited to play in the semi-finals of the national championships in Southern California on Dec. 12, when they face the top SYFL teams from Texas at Vets Stadium in Long Beach.
If they win those games, they’ll earn the right to play in the national championship game Nov. 13 at The Stub Hub in Carson.
Richmond Steelers Athletic Director Will Byrant said the 40-year-old football program had a great season despite adjusting to a new league. Byrant had nothing but high praise for the players.
“These are great kids,” he said. “They fought hard.”
While winning has been nice, Bryant says watching the kids learn, grow and stay active and healthy is the main goal.
“We train for wellness,” he said. “Some of our bigger kids are staying in shape, fighting obesity.”
He said one 236-pound player with a medical condition lost over 40-pounds playing in the league.
The kids need help getting to nationals. Those wishing to donate toward their trip can contact Coach Bryant 510-691-1800 or visit the Steelers’ website.