Ponchatoula 1000 Green Wave tri-city football league opens for ages 6-14
By AMY BRENNAN
A dedicated Ponchatoula mom is the sponsor/spokeslady for a tri-city super football league for ages 6-14 in the municipalities of Ponchatoula, Independence, and Natalbany – The Ponchatoula 1000 Green Wave.
Serena “Silky” Alexander, 45, is the single mother of one daughter, no sons, whose love of playing football dates back to her own flag football days at Ponchatoula High School (1991 graduate).
“I insist the parents come out to the games. It makes the players feel good when the parents holler for them,” Ms. Alexander told The Times.
Joe Neal of Hammond serves as commissioner for the three team league whose players are separated only by age: (6-8) (9-11) and (12-14).
The players practice Saturdays 8 a.m. to Noon
A season fee of $60 covers the cost of registration, helmet, and mouthpiece. The league has an account at Regions Bank, should any readers wish to contribute to this youth sports league.
Ms. Alexander keeps her league financially afloat with fundraisers such as a television raffle, a car wash in May, and bake sales.
“The youth are our future and these youths are very talented and willing to learn,” the football league official proudly told Times reporters.
So far, readers can appreciate the hard work and dedication required to take on such a daunting project. Now consider the other challenges facing the adult leaders of the league:
“In 2010 I was diagnosed with SLE Lupus which slows my physical ability. Also, in June of this year I underwent a hip replacement. Thanks to Ponchatoula Physical Therapy, I am coming along the best I can and I am looking forward to a great football season,” said the plucky sports organizer.
It was at Ponchatoula Therapy that Councilman Vergil Sandifer became a true believer in the effort to enhance youth sports in this area, and Ponchatoula Therapy is where he drafted this reporter into the adult circle of league backers.
Her commissioner, Joe Neal, stays on top of his own health issues which include daily dialysis sessions. His duties include helping out with transportation to Clark Park in Hammond, the league’s home field.
For further information on the league, call 985-318-4949, or 985-974-4778.