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The Bus Driver Leads The Way For Pop Warner

Milton Steelers Varsity Coach Tim Lester is a guy who knows, front and center, the value of commitment to team. For years, Tim Lester and Jerome Bettis were a powerhouse tandem in the vaunted ground attack of the Pittsburgh Steelers While Jerome “The Bus“ Bettis rumbled to an NFL Hall of Fame career, it was hard-nosed blocking back Tim “The Bus Driver” Lester who led the way.

Today, the Pop Warner D-1 Milton Steelers Varsity players and coaches are the recipients of Coach Tim Lester’s commitment to team, on and off the field. Although one of the smaller programs in Atlanta, Georgia area. Pop Warner’s Milton Steelers know that they’re getting plenty of BIG time wisdom, insights, and life enriching perspectives from Tim Lester.

Coach Tim practices what he preaches, for as he sees it,” Coaches are expected to lead by example in both words and actions, on and off the football field. And, in order for players to be successful in all aspects of life, coaches need to help them find a good balance. We need to teach through example; be competitive but fair, aggressive but respectful, and tough but compassionate.”

Fairness, respect and compassion are at the foundation of the “balance in life” that Tim Lester is now imparting to his Milton Steelers in projects off the field, as well as on. Ironically, where “The Bus Driver” once specialized in making holes for Jerome Bettis to run through, he now specializes in filling holes in the lives of people who face tough challenges everyday.

Twenty years ago, Tim “The Bus Driver” Lester was awarded the NFL’s “Unsung Hero” for his community service to youth. Since then, he has helped over five hundred under-privileged youths with football camps, back-to-school events, and programs to help feed the needy during Thanksgiving.

And, this year, Coach Tim has his players and coaches working with the “Helping Hand Project” reaching out to young people thousands of miles away. The Helping Hand Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating prosthetic devices for children in need. Through “Helping Hand,” the Milford Steelers are assembling working prosthetics for kids in Third World countries who were either born without a hand, or have suffered a severe injury.

“Most of us take our hands for granted”, says Coach Tim.” But, when you need them to complete daily tasks like gripping, lifting and moving objects, a prosthetic hand for someone who is missing one, can help to improve their daily lives greatly and give them newfound confidence.”

Teaching Pop Warner scholar/athletes the value of “team commitment” to making communities stronger continues to be a major goal for Tim Lester.

Through involvement with the “Toys for Tots” program to help provide toys to over 5,000 kids living in public housing and visiting schools around the country, especially those for at-risk kids, speaking on the value of an education, Tim continues to lead by example.

Yes, for Milford, GA and all of Pop Warner, Tim “The Bus Driver” Lester, continues to lead the way on a journey of growth for better living and “team commitment” far and wide.

And, if you’d like to know more about the Helping Hands Project, and some of the amazing work done by this amazing organization, check out this CBS News story.

And, here’s are links to their websites:

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Navy Strong For Pop Warner”

When Terry Clark - Commissioner of Southeast Virginia Pop Warner told me about a super guy down here this week who exemplifies service to us all on the sea, on the land and on the gridiron, I was intrigued. Then, when I met that super guy I was even more intrigued.

He’s Kenneth Strong, a member of the outstanding teams of officials who keep every one of our Pop Warner football games rolling long in good order. Not only is Ken Strong from Virginia Beach a top Pop Warner Football official, he is also LCPO Kenneth Strong serving his 21st year of active duty with the United States Navy.

As a LCPO (that’s “Leading Chief Petty Officer” in Navy lingo) Kenneth Strong is the "go-to person" for his division team …in this case Assault Craft Unit TWO stationed at Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, VA.

ACU-2's force consists of Landing Craft Utility boats (LCU), Landing Craft Mechanized Mark 8 boats (LCM) and Maritime Prepositioning Force Utility Boats (MPFUB). 

Yet, with all that leadership responsibility, LCPO Kenneth Strong still finds time to devote time and expertise to yet another great team…the Pop Warner players and coaches in Southeastern Virginia Pop Warner Conference.

For five years, Ken Strong has referee’ed Pop Warner Football games in Norfolk , Portsmouth, Virginia Beach and Churchland, and he absolutely loves it.

“The thing I like most about Pop Warner,” says Ken, “is the family atmosphere. And, Pop Warner Football, Cheer and Dance is truly a family. Every practice, every game, every activity gives kids a chance to learn, and put into practice, the importance of teamwork and personal commitment.”

Judging by the smile that lights up his face every time Ken talks about the Pop Warner family experience, you can tell that Kenneth Strong is a guy who sees the true value of service to friends and community mirrored in the lessons young people learn through participation in the best youth sport organization in America.

Thanks to Navy LCPO Kenneth Strong for his service to America and his commitment to Southeastern Virginia Conference. It’s definitely Navy Strong for Pop Warner!


Welcome To Pop Warner Super Bowl - 2018

62”- What’s New?

In a word…”PLENTY!” The 62nd Pop Warner Super Bowl, the 22nd annual at fabulous ESPN Wide World of Sports, kicked off Saturday in fine form with the traditional Mitey Mite Bowl and plenty of spirited Mitey Mite Cheer and Dance at the HP Field House. Yet, with plenty of new, first-time-ever squads in attendance, “62”served notice, from the opening whistle, that we’d be in for plenty of new excitement, thrills, and fun all week long.

A big part of that fun took place last evening in ESPN Wide World of Sports complex’s brand new center of excitement…The Arena - a 300,000 square foot, 8,000 seat venue and loads and loads of practice , performance and competition spaces for cheerleading, dance, basketball and more. The Arena presents Pop Warner with all sorts of all-weather opportunities for practice, performance and celebration for years to come.

And , Saturday evening, Mitey Mites Bowl teams and squads, coaches, families and friends had a whale of a celebration-party hosted in The Arena. Talk about thrills! The Mitey Mites had loads of fun with Minnie, Mickey, Goofy, a super D.J., plus games, music, dancing, food…and lots and lots of room to do their thing!

Today, as dawn spread across the ESPN Complex, a whole new chapter in Pop Warner lore was set to begin. Warm trade winds, billowing clouds, and clear skies seemed to harken the days of Florida yore when adventure, discovery and the hunt for treasure was a constant. And, today Pop Warner D-2 teams, including the vaunted North Philly Aztec “Swagboyz” , set sail across the green fields of ESPN Wide World of Sports in search of another sort of treasure…a Pop Warner National Championship.

With those bright new blue seats in the spectator galleries at Field 17 mirroring the blue skies above, and many games being available for all to see in live streaming through our popwarnersuperbowl.com website, what’s new for “62” gave notice of a week of special competition, brand new friendships, good connections and loads of good Pop Warner memories that’ll be treasured for a lifetime!

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