Three Southlake teams who competed in the City of Southlake’s spring flag football season traveled to University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) to compete against teams from California, Louisiana, Florida, Colorado, and North Carolina.
The Southlake teams clearly dominated the National Tournament hosted by UCLA from August 2-4. The K – 2nd-grade division was won by the Hawaii Warriors.
“There is no question the level of competition in the Southlake, TX league is stronger than most other leagues around the country. Each week of the season there is an opportunity for any team to win against one another and it only makes the teams stronger as they move on at the national level. Knowing that a win is never guaranteed each week, develops players’ mental toughness to know that you won’t always win every game, but if they can win and lose with good sportsmanship and learn from those games to only make them stronger for the next opportunity,” says Shawn Mackey, the coach for Hawaii Warriors.
The 3rd – 4th-grade title match was played by two Southlake teams, The Texas A&M Aggies and the Hawaii Warriors. While it was a great match, the Texas A&M Aggies came out on top.
The opportunity to play at the national level was a real confidence boost for our kids. We honestly weren’t sure how we would do on that stage but considered ourselves blessed and honored to be invited. Under Armour did an amazing job organizing the tournament and UCLA is a pretty incredible venue to play at. Now that we’re back and it’s had a minute to sink in, our boys are fired up about the experience and anxious for the fall season to start!” said Ryan Smith, the coach for the A&M Aggies.
Under the Lights is a national youth flag football league for kids in 1st-8th grade, with the emphasis on promoting a competitive, confidence building, non-contact experience for both boys and girls of all skill levels.
“It has been a terrific partnership as we have seen the league grow from 200 kids to a consistent 400+ kids for both fall and spring,” says John Kaleo, owner, and COO of Under Armour Sports. He continues to speak to Southlake, the largest program in the league, saying, “We were very excited that we finally had some Southlake teams participate in our National Tournament because we knew that it was a competitive league. And with two teams winning the Nationals, we hope this paves the way for more Southlake teams participating in our tournament series.”
A slightly cloudy Thursday was the perfect setting for Southlake’s 17th annual Stars & Stripes Independence Day celebration.
The event kicked off at 6:00 PM with the Southlake Community Band performing in Family Park and The Key West Band Band in Frank Edgar Cornish, IV Park. Arts & crafts, games, inflatables, and concessions were enjoyed by all while stilt walkers, clowns, and unicyclers strolled around Town Square.
At 8:00 PM Southlake’s Mayor Laura Hill kicked off the patriotic ceremony with the help of a flyover by a WWII A-26 Invader provided by the Invader Squadron. Following the flyover, 15-year-old Southlake resident and classically trained vocalist Jayden Goldberg performed the National Anthem. She was accompanied by the Southlake Honor Guard comprising of members from the City’s Fire & Police Departments, the Lonestar Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans and the leader of the Honor Guard, Southlake Police Sergeant Kevin Diehl. The Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) Honor Guard then performed the rifle volley, a 21-gun salute to our veterans. The patriotic ceremony concluded with a bagpipe performance of Amazing Grace by Robert McCallion, of the Southlake Fire Department.
This year’s event brought out some amazing food vendors including returning favorites Fletcher Corny Dogs and Funnel Cakes, Kona Ice, Dippin Dots, Ssahm BBQ Tacos, and Feedstore BBQ. New flavors included Nothing Bundt Cakes, Epic Cones, HipPOPs, Jack’s Chow Hound, and Very Individual Pizza. Atendees couldn’t have asked for a tastier variety to celebrate the holiday.
The highlight of evening, was an unforgettable fireworks display; the twenty minute show was accompanied by an up-lifting patriotic soundtrack. It was an evening to remember as family and friends celebrated Independence Day with the City of Southlake.
Thank you @CityofSouthlake for another amazing Stars & Stripes celebration! Memories to last 4ever & our 1st as residents of this gr8 town.
— Allyson D. (@HBMomof2) July 4, 2015
— David Faltys (@faltysd) July 4, 2015
Want to be part of the tradition next year for the 18th annual Southlake Stars & Stripes event? Please contact the Southlake Community Services Department at 817-748-8611. A special thanks goes out to Verizon Wireless, the 2015 Stars & Stripes Title sponsor. The City also thanks all of the other 2015 event sponsors including; All-Star Orthopaedics, Brain Balance, Brio, Children’s Health, The Goddard School, Park Place Mercedes Benz, Silverado, Sleep Number, SpringFree Trampoline, Sweet and Sassy, TasteBuds Kitchen, Texas Health, The Fresh Market, and Home Depot.