MIDDLEPORT — The 2016 season marks the 30th year of the Big Bend Youth Football League.
The league recently celebrated the anniversary during its annual homecoming weekend on Oct. 1.
Following the parade, a hog roast was held at the stadium, and the founders of the league were recognized.
The league was founded in 1986 by Dave Jenkins, Hank Cleland, Jack Williams, Byant Hudson and Bill Spaun. Jenkins remained with the league for 26 years until his death in 2010.
The league serves over 200 kids per year and the number of teams vary in size and schools, with teams from Eastern, Southern, Wahama and Meigs taking part each year.
The league calls the Middleport Stadium home and has done so for the past 15 years. Now that the Council on Aging owns the field, the league has worked with the council to assure that both things can co-exsit making the best effort for the community.
“I am very proud of the league, its volunteers and coaches. It’s hard to know what all goes into this league and how much time and sacrifice it takes,” said BBYFL President Sarah Wright. “The coaches we have are brilliant in how they manage the kids and teach them. I work with an amazing group of people who give so selflessly of themselves and their time to someone else’s child. It’s those hearts that started this league and those hearts that continue to make it strive to greatness today.”
Many of the founders’ grandchildren have also participated in the league, which is proud to have had many go on to play college football and become All-American athletes.
The hog was donated by Mark Porter and cooked by Brandon Spaun.