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PWLS Statement re: Friday Night Tykes on Esquire Network

The league portrayed in Esquire Network’s “Friday Night Tykes” has no affiliation with Pop Warner Little Scholars and the behavior exhibited in the show is counter to how we believe young athletes should be taught the game of football.

The coaching techniques and football philosophy on this show are in stark contrast to the ideals of sportsmanship, scholastics and safe play, which are the foundation of how the game is coached and played in Pop Warner.

We are working closely with other youth sports organizations and medical professionals to identify ways to promote safe play through the National Sports Concussion Coalition, an example of leaders joining forces to create a great experience for our youth.

The exhibitions on this show poorly represent all that’s great about youth sports in America and play directly into the misguided stereotype of football.

-Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc.