New Pop Warner group targets south Scottsdale players

(file photo)

(file photo)

Two Pop Warner associations have combined to make Scottsdale Northeast Association.

This new league will also be playing at a new location this fall.

The league will play at Notre Dame High School, Desert Mountain High School and now Coronado High School in south Scottsdale for the first time.

This move is apart of an effort to get Southern Scottsdale kids more involved with Pop Warner and prepare them for the competitiveness of high school football. Justin Nielson, the president of the Scottsdale Northeast Association and Mike Olson, Coronado’s varsity football coach, worked together to facilitate this move.

“We wanted to get them [south Scottsdale kids] more involved with a closer location and this easier access,” Nielson said.

The association is also working on providing scholarships and fee waivers to those who need them. The families fill out an application and the association board considers everything, such as family size and income. The scholarships would help to cover the $300 cost to play in the league plus the cost of equipment not provided by the league, such as cleats and mouth guards.

Nielson is just one person who has noticed that south Scottsdale is “neglected,” he says. Olson is backing Scottsdale Unified School Districts efforts to remodel Coronado’s football field. Pop Warner coming to the school is one of the reasons he says that particular school should get he remodel.

Olson says that Pop Warner coming to southern Scottsdale will help to improve Coronado’s football program.

“Our kids haven’t played Pop Warner like other schools, so we have to drill more football knowledge into them,” Olson said.

Both Nielson and Olson notice that South Scottsdale is in a regrowth period. With State Farm now in north Tempe and thus close proximity to the south Scottsdale community, more families are coming to the area. This give more opportunities to Coronado.

“With all the regrowth happening, Coronado is going to experience a regrowth in 3-5 years I believe,” Olson said.

Editor's Note: Ms. Fowler is a student journalist at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

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