Cheers and screams erupted from the field at the Charter School of Wilmington on Sunday, where parents and teens packed the stands to see some fierce games of football. But this time it was the boys who were on the sideline, acting as coaches to the girls, who got in the rough and tumble spirit at the annual Powder Puff flag football tournament for charity.
Charter students involved with the Jefferson Council for Public Service organized the touch football game to raise funds for the Kind to Kids Foundation.
The championship game came down to the sophomores and the seniors. But with 2 minutes to go, it became clear that the younger team was unstoppable. Parents up in the announcer booth shouted over the loudspeaker, “Who’s coaching this sophomore team?” and “Touchdown!” as the sophomores pulled off a major upset against the seniors.
WCS Junior Kennie Swanson’s team ended up in the consolation round, but the outcome wasn’t all that important; she enjoys the chance to go out and play football once a year with many of her classmates. “I’m actually pretty good at catching the ball, and my team kept throwing it to me, so it was fun!”
Funds from the football tournament will be directed to the Kind to Kids Foundation’s “My Blue Duffle Community Service Day” coming up on November 12th. The Charter fundraiser made it possible for the Jefferson Council students to donate 25 emergency care duffle bags (which will be filled with things like children’s books and coloring books, socks and toiletries) for kids entering the foster care system in Delaware.
Event organizer Domenica “Minnie” Proud was happy the school community turned out in large numbers to support the fundraiser. “We were overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and energy expressed by the whole Charter community and were so excited for the event to return this year.” As part of their ongoing commitment to Kind to Kids, Charter’s Jefferson Council will send a crew of student volunteers to help assemble duffle bags at the My Blue Duffle event.
“We focus a lot on local charities, and we like supporting foster kids in Wilmington,” said sophomore Quinn Macauley, who is also a member of the Jefferson Council. “We think it’s super important for us to help people right in our own community.”
Sadie Proud contributed photos to this story. Thank you Sadie!