The NFF and Pop Warner Little Scholars have partnered to promote participation, health and safety, academic achievement, and the community involvement of the young athletes who play football. Pop Warner Executive Director Jon Butler provides items of interest related to the partnership.
Pop Warner Little Scholars is the only national youth sports organization that requires satisfactory progress in the classroom to participate on the field. Given the number of children in single parent homes, dysfunctional families, etc., we don’t have a hard academic threshold. If a participant has below a C average, we require two Academic updates from his school during the season.
At each game during the season, every player gets weighed in to insure that he/she is above the minimum and below the maximum, but, just as importantly, his/her Report Card is checked by an administrator.
The facet of our scholastics program that we’re proudest of is our Academic All-American program. Each year, we receive tens of thousands of applications from which we recognize First Team, Second Team and Honorable Mention Academic All-Americans. They are truly an extraordinary group of young scholar-athletes!
We recently posted this year’s class of approximately 8,700 Academic All-Americans in 5th through 8th Grades. Of those 8,700, the lowest GPA is a 96. Each year we marvel at their accomplishments – not only academically, but also in their communities.
Our 53rd Annual Awards Dinner will be held on May 25th in Boston this year, and we’ll have the opportunity to honor a couple of hundred of those fabulously accomplished football players and cheerleaders. Similar to the National Football Foundation, we believe in the importance of a sound mind in a sound body. That night, we’ll present $100,000 in college scholarship funds to our top scholars.