Monday, December 15, 2008

American Youth Football Hall of Fame at Mike Ditka's Runaway Beach Club Resort

Runaway Beach Club--Orlando, Florida

On Dec.10, “Da Coach” Mike Ditka, former NFL Coach of the 1985 Super Bowl champs, The Chicago Bears, welcomed AYF coaches and players at his Runaway Beach Club Resort with a celebratory barbeque showing his support to today’s youths playing the game.

Mike Ditka’s Runaway Beach Club Resort is the recipient of Orbitz’s “Best in Family Stay” Award for the Walt Disney World area. It is located in the heart of the Orlando attractions area and is just 20 minutes from the Austin Tindal football fields where the Championship games took place.

Coach Ditka jumped at the chance to be one of AYF’s role models at this year’s championship games, offering support and motivation to its young participants. He was available for autographs and photos with his resort guests and young athletes. “These kids should all feel like champions,” said the Coach. “They hold the promise of our future and I want them to know it! I want them to remember to work hard, stay focused, and not let anything get in the way of their dreams and goals.”

Ditka personally visited the football fields throughout the day to interact with these young athletes and influence good sportsmanship and the importance of teamwork in a competitive setting. Later that evening, Mike Ditka’s Runaway Beach Club Resort hosted the “AYF Hall of Fame Awards” ceremony. The evening honored those who have donated more than 20 years of their time to coaching youth football across the nation. During the ceremony, Joe Galat, President of AYF, and Coach Ditka spoke and presented awards to this year’s Hall of Fame recipients.