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May 12, 2013

READERS' FORUM: May 12, 2013

Vigo Youth Football, entering 45th year, seeks new support

In 1968, Mr. Phil Marlowe recognized the need for an organized tackle football program for the youth of the Terre Haute community. Using discarded equipment that was thrown out by the local high schools, Mr. Marlow started what would become one of the largest youth football leagues in the state of Indiana. The Vigo Youth Football League began with only two teams, a 7th/8th grade team and a 5th/6th grade team and played against the powerful teams of the CYO League in its first year.  

The 2013 season will mark the 45th season of the Vigo Youth Football League. The league has grown from its original two teams in 1968 to the current 29 teams serving children from 1st grade to 8th grade. Graduates of the program have gone on to successful high school, college and professional football careers. Many former players still remember their days playing in the Vigo Youth Football as many rivalries and friendships got their beginnings in the league.

Vigo Youth Football has changed a lot in its 45-year history. Whether during prosperous or adverse times, the league has remained a volunteer-driven, grassroots organization that has and will continue to serve the needs of the children of the area. There have been many, many people over the years who have spent a lot of hours to make sure that the Vigo Youth Football League continues to offer a top-notch tackle football program that teaches the basic fundamentals of football as well as important life lessons. Phil Marlowe, Jim Lewis, Ed Akers, Dick McAlister, Mike Phillips, Scooter Grim, Anna Brown and Mike Wilson are just a few of the people who have given so much to the league to insure its continued success through the years.

The 2013 season will see the Vigo Youth Football League begin competition at a brand new football facility at the Terre Town Baseball Park in North Terre Haute. The Terre Town Baseball League Board of Directors reached out to Vigo Youth Football to offer some unused space for the construction of a football facility. “Project: Gridiron” began in the early spring, and the first phase will be completed in time for the annual Jamboree in August.  

Many people and local organizations have offered a helping hand to Vigo Youth Football for this massive, multi-phase project. Without the support of our great community this would not be possible. Please join the Vigo Youth Football League in celebrating 45 years of youth football in Terre Haute.  

— Vigo Youth Football League

Board of Directors

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