POSTED: Saturday, October 27, 2012 - 7:30pm
UPDATED: Monday, October 29, 2012 - 10:19am
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Prep football teams from across the area headed out to Memorial Stadium for the Louisiana Youth Sports Network homecoming weekend.
70 teams squared off in 35 football games, and the cheerleaders got a chance to show off their best dance skills Saturday.
The goal of the event get kids more engaged with learning, and personal development through sports.
Event organizers say many of the kids connect with the program and their coaches giving kids an extra role model for support.
"Mom's telling me to clean up the room," said Louisiana Youth Sports Network Director, Leroy Hollins II, "I really don't like that. My teacher telling me to do home work. I really don't like that, but my coach is teaching me how to play and have fun, it's something I enjoy. I like him."
Many of the programs athletes go on to play football in high school and college thanks to the training they got on the field as kids.
LSU Tiger starting left guard La'el Collins is an alumnus of the the LYSN football program. He gave the athletes this advice: "If this is something that you want to do you just need to stick with it. Make it a plan. Make it a goal, just start young. Start your goal get you a vision going and stick with it."
The programs cheerleaders got special recognition during Homecoming. They participated in a pretty ladies parade to reward them for all the hard work they do through out the season cheering on the guys. Every cheerleader was named homecoming queen.
To learn more about the Louisiana Youth Sports Network click here.