Robert Land Mustangs carry “flag” for inner-city kids

A small group of inner-city kids from Hamilton’s Keith neighbourhood are getting set for their first real involvement in the big leagues.

For the first time in their lives, these kids are playing in an organized team sport in a league stretching across Hamilton and today (Saturday) they will get a taste of how big their world can get. They are a part of Hamilton’s 5-on-5 flag football league, representing the Eva Rothwell Resource Centre at Robert Land on Wentworth Street North. A number of the teams from the league, including the Robert Land Mustangs, will be at Buffalo’s Ralph Wilson Stadium as part of the NFL/CFL 5-on-5 Flag Football Regional Tournament.

Playing in a league with more than 250 kids ranging in ages from 10 to 17 years, this small group has come together to learn teamwork, sportsmanship, and how to have fun together. The Mustangs, a group that has never been a part of any organized team sport, now have the opportunity to play in an international tournament on the field of a professional NFL team.

The convener of Hamilton’s 5 on 5 Flag Football League has secured sponsorship from Fleet Maintenance Control to allow these kids an opportunity they have never before experienced. The day promises to be exciting as this bunch of inner-city Hamilton kids become a part of something so grand, and the realization of the opportunities that await them in life with a little effort, teamwork and the assistance of a caring community.