Youngstown man Darius Javey creates traveling Mid West Bengals youth football team, a new opportunity for kids, and invites others to join

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – “It was 100 percent new to most kids,” Darius Javey said.

Javey said his goal was to create a new opportunity for local children that would allow them to travel the country.

“We played in six states, and in those six states that we played in, there were 20 other states that were there,” Javey said.

This is why he founded the traveling organization of the Mid West Bengals youth football team.

Last fall was their first season, and they have already competed in two national qualifying tournaments and then the national championship.

They won the championship in Chicago, Illinois, then fell a little short in Tennessee, but in Atlanta, Georgia at the nationals, they won the bronze trophy.

“For the first season it was great. We actually had a few players who had never played football before,” he said.

Javey says many of the kids have never traveled before and have outdone themselves.

“We have great athletes, 6-year-old athletes plus, it’s unbelievable,” he said.

Half of the children are from Youngstown and the other half from Warren Javey hopes communities will rally behind these children with support to show them what they are capable of.

“It’s just that our children deserve better situations,” he said. “Just to give these kids better opportunities with the game they love.”

One of the goals is to find a regular ground where the children can practice.

The team begins spring training next week and is always welcoming new players. Last season they only played with the 6u team, but they welcome children up to 13 years old.

Javey said he and the other coaches have big plans for the kids, and this is just the start.

“It’s just a start, I hope to grow with it and I hope to involve more people,” he said.

Anyone interested in joining the team can call 330-951-9203. The first practice of the spring season will take place on February 7 at the Rockford Village gymnasium. The spring season begins the first week of March.

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