The Whitepoint Wolverines’ travel team is hoping to win the league championship this Sunday in Brooklyn and needs the public’s help in getting to the nationals in Tampa, Fla.
Mickey McCutchen, president of the Whitepoint Wolverines Youth Football in Whitestone, told the Chronicle Monday that the team is undefeated in its games this year and is very hopeful they’ll make it to the national finals.
“I’m very excited and proud of them, especially since it’s such a small squad. There are no substitutes,” McCutchen said, adding that would be the first time that the Wolverines have gone to the nationals.
He called it “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” and said the group’s mission statement is “strength, discipline and respect.”
The squad consists of 12 players who are 9 years old and are led by Coach Louis Roman. If the team wins the Big Apple Youth Football League championship, the group will need to raise between $15,000 and $17,000 for the Florida trip in December.
The Whitepoint Wolverines is a nonprofit organization that has been in the community for 11 years. It is a combination of two older football clubs in the Whitestone and College Point areas.
There are about 150 youngsters in the program, ranging in age from 5 to 14. A cheerleading program for girls is held for those between the ages of 4 and 12.
McCutchen noted that the organization has a flag league from March to June and the regular program from June to December.
The organization holds fundraisers throughout the year, including a recent raffle drawing and is appealing to area businesses for sponsorships.
Persons wishing to contribute should send checks to the Whitepoint Wolverines Youth Football, 147-38 7 Ave., Whitestone, NY 11357.