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OUR MISSION


Upper Merion Youth Vikings Football & Cheer (formerly known as the King of Prussia Indians) was founded in 1963 as a non-profit organization with the mission of providing young athletes with the opportunity to build Character, Sportsmanship, Self-Confidence and learn Responsibility & Teamwork in a competitive environment while gaining a strong sense of community. Our goal is to teach the fundamentals of football and cheerleading where FUN is the key in FUNdamentals. Our organization focuses on leadership development for our youth, while building self esteem, by ensuring each child participates in every game regardless of skill level.

Upper Merion Vikings Youth Football & Cheer is a proud member of Pop Warner Football and Cheer, featuring weighted divisions for youths of all ages, stressing sportsmanship and scholastic responsibility while learning and enjoying football & cheer. We encourage and place emphasis on the development of good sportsmanship, honesty, loyalty, self-discipline, and TEAMWORK!

The Pop Warner Mission:

The mission of Pop Warner Little Scholars is to enable young people to benefit from participation in team sports and activities in a structured environment. Through this active participation, Pop Warner programs teach fundamental values, skills and knowledge that young people will use throughout their lives.

Pop Warner seeks to provide fun athletic learning opportunities for children, while emphasizing the importance of academic success.  Specifically, Pop Warner seeks to familiarize players and spirit participants with the fundamentals of football, cheerleading and dance. Pop Warner strives to inspire youth, regardless of race, creed or national origin, to practice the ideals of sportsmanship, scholarship and physical fitness as reflected in the life of the late Glenn Scobie “Pop” Warner.

Objectives:

  • To encourage and increase youth participation in football, cheerleading and dance.
  • To ensure a safer and positive playing environment for all participants.
  • To instill life-long values of teamwork, dedication and a superior work ethic in the classroom and on the playing field.

Positive Experiences:

  • Pop Warner programs have no tryouts or cutting of rosters.
  • Everyone participates under mandatory rules of play.
  • On-field coaching is allowed for younger age levels.
  • Individual awards are given only for academic excellence, not for on-field activities.

Safe Playing Environment:

  • There are strict mandatory equipment requirements.
  • Pop Warner provides Coaching Clinics and Risk Management Training.
  • An enforced national rule book incorporates time-tested rules.
  • A full-time executive staff supports all local associations and assists in sound policy creation.

 

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