The Marshall Heights Bisons from Washington DC won the 50th Pop Warner Super Bowl this past weekend. This victory was especially meaningful, as the Bisons had come up short in the championship game four times prior to taking the 2006 title.
This season's road to the super bowl was different in another big way. The Fannie Mae Foundation placed a call to Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington and gave $30,000 to the Bisons, after hearing on a local television show that the undefeated team made up of youths aged 13 to 15 was in need of the funds to go to the Pop Warner Super Bowl in Orlando, Florida.
The Bisons' Head Coach, Jay Ford, told the Florida Trend, "We are so appreciative of the Fannie Mae Foundation for stepping up to the plate to help our kids get what they deserve. Going to the Pop Warner Super Bowl is a real honor for our kids. They have worked hard. Not only has the team practiced in 100-degree heat and played in mud up to their ankles, but each team member had to maintain at least a C average in school to play on the team. They deserve this opportunity to go."
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