MORNINGSIDE (KDKA) — Two local pee-wee football leagues will play in championship games Saturday that could end up being featured on a national cable TV series, but it almost didn’t happen. At the last minute, they had to “Get Marty.”
In wind, in mud, in bone-chilling cold, on a worn-out field in Morningside, boys and men chase their dream for a championship — what they call their Super Bowl. But it almost didn’t happen.
“It means so much to me,” said mother Amanda Miller.
Miller’s 9-year-old is a Termite in the Morningside Youth Football program.
She sent Marty a panicked e-mail regarding the Morningside teams, ages 8 to 13. It read: “They were given the opportunity to play the Aliquippa Quips this Saturday in a Super Bowl game. Our field is in desperate need of a makeover. We have been offered an opportunity on a national show called ‘Friday Night Tykes.’ Can you help us find a field by Saturday?”
“I said to my two football mom friends, I have to get Marty,” she said. “They said, ‘go ahead, get Marty, get Marty.'”
“These are the future leaders of America,” local civic leader Gary Van Horn said.
A businessman and community leader, Van Horn called the county and said he was willing to pay all of the fees on any big-time field where the boys could play.
“It’s just the right thing to do, Marty,” he said. “It’s great for them to be out on the field.”
That field, J.C. Stone in North Park, is perfect with a scoreboard, lights and the works. The mothers couldn’t be more thankful.
In terms of costs, Van Horn donated more than $1,000 for EMTs, lights, staff, security, all of it. The games start at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at J.C. Stone Field in North Park. There are actually three games, which should go into the early evening. It may be your only chance to actually see Termites, Midgets and Mighty Mites play in a Super Bowl.