With the piercing blast of his whistle and a loud shout, head coach Erik Wiker cried, "Let's play football," and the new Sequim Wolf Pack Youth Football Program was set in motion.
A total of 71 youngsters turned out in full gear in late August to begin training for their first game against the Port Angeles White Team on Sept. 18.
The Sequim Wolf Pack fields three teams of players this fall, ranging in age from 6-12 years old. They practice every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 5-7 p.m. at the
Sequim High School football fields.
"We want the kids to play safely and have fun," Wolf Pack board member Dick Hughes said, "so team coaches have been carefully screened and trained."
Wolf Pack's varsity team coach is Rex Lott. Sean Torey is the junior varsity team coach and Wiker has taken charge of the Prep Team. Phil Langston has taken on the job of managing the team's equipment.
The Sequim Wolf Pack teams play against the Port
Angeles - White and Neah Bay teams in September.
Games with the Port Angeles Green Team, Forks and Port Townsend are slated for October. The North Olympic Youth Football League playoffs and championship games will be Nov. 6 and 13.
Wolf Pack officials said they are grateful for the generosity of the Sequim branch of Sound Community Bank and USA Football for helping to equip the new teams.
"Starting up three football teams from scratch has been very expensive," team secretary Kathy Schock said. "Scholarship funds for needy families have been exhausted. Everyone has been really supportive and we've all pitched in to ensure we get all the kids who want to play out there, but we really need to find more sponsors to come on board with us."
Team sponsorships are available for businesses and organizations starting at $500. Sponsors will be advertised on the Sequim Wolf Pack website and in game day programs.
For more information, call Hughes at 460-7465.
Sequim Wolf Pack is an IRS-approved nonprofit corporation and a registered Washington charity. Donations are fully tax-deductible.