By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
The Irish Youth Football league not only teaches kids how to play football, but also instills life lessons and teamwork.
Monday on "First Look with Scott Cox," varsity head coach Adam Resendez said you don't have to be Irish to be part of the team. The league has four teams ranging from freshmen to varsity.
The league is part of the Garces Memorial High School feeder team.
"The program was started 12 years ago and it's part of the Golden Empire Youth Football league," Resendez said.
Simulcast host Scott Cox said seeing 6-year-old kids run as fast as they can with a football is entertaining to watch and also a great way to learn teamwork.
Resendez agreed with Cox and said the league has been recognized for the close mentoring the athletes receive and the bonds that develop from the game.
The league does not turn anybody away and can help an athlete financially if their parents are going through an economic hardship.
"We don't turn anyone down" for financial reasons, Resendez said.
For more information on the league, visit www.irishyouthfootball.com.