Deion Sanders is bringing a youth football team to Bruce Field on Saturday to compete against players from Athens.
Sanders is the coach of the Truth Football Organization, along with former NFL player and assistant coach Kevin Mathis.
The TRUTH organization’s creed is “Trust in God, Respect myself and others, Understand that I have unlimited possibilities, Try my best and never give up and Honor myself and the Truth creed at all times.”
The Athens Youth Football League coach Allen Stallings said the age groups are 8 years and under, 10 years and under and 12 years and under.
The games are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. with cheap elite jerseys the first and second grades.
Third- and fourth-graders begin at 11 a.m., while the fifth- and sixth-graders begin at 12:30 p.m.
Admission to the game is $5 for adults and $2 for students. As a bonus, 25 percent of the proceeds will go to Hurricane Harvey disaster relief.
Stallings wanted to thank Athens Athletic Director Paul Essary for allowing them to use Bruce Field.
The TRUTH coaching staff includes former NFL players invested in the success of the community’s youth on and off the field.
Many of the children who have participated have attended college, some with athletic scholarships.
According to its website, nearly 90 percent of Dallas youth participating in the program came from areas with a more than 25 percent poverty rate,
Fifty-five percent of the Dallas participants live in zip codes recently identified by the Dallas affiliate of Stand for Children as cradle-to-prison pipelines.
Those areas are not only used as predictors of eventual imprisonment for neighborhood children but also account for significant percentage of high school dropouts in poor areas of Dallas.
KCKL 95.9 FM is sponsoring the event at Bruce Field.
Before the season there was legitimate excitement about Deion Sanders’ ascension to become the new offensive coordinator at Trinity Christian-Cedar Hill. Part of the narrative behind the move was that it would allow him to have a direct impact on the success of his sons, junior running back and defensive back Shilo Sanders, and freshman quarterback Shedeur Sanders.
Now just one of those sons is playing for Neon Deion, while the other is now across town fighting his way to just 2 yards on two carries in his debut for a new school.
As reported by the Dallas Morning News, Shilo Sanders has transferred to Sachse. The junior suited up for the team’s season opener but did not start at defensive back and saw the aforementioned limited action on the offensive side of the ball in a 48-6 victory against Trophy Club Byron Nelson.
Shilo coach Mark Behrens already told the Morning News that he expects Shilo to earn more playing time in the weeks ahead once he adjusts to the team’s formations and schemes.
What remains unknown is what inspired the move. There has yet to be any official line from Trinity Christian about whether Shilo’s transfer was related to a disciplinary matter, an academic issue or simply a desire for a chance of scenery. There have been no noted academic and behavioral concerns related to Shilo at the school before his transfer.
As for Shedeur and his father, it’s still full steam ahead for Trinity Christian. The true freshman passed for 147 yards and two touchdowns in his first high school start, leading TC-Cedar Hill to a 39-14 victory against Episcopal School of Dallas.
Despite the new settings, Shilo Sanders retains scholarship offers from Texas A&M, Oregon, Oregon State, SMU, Syracuse and Central Florida. The three-star prospect is expected to play as a cornerback in college.