“The Miami Dolphins are proud to support these young players who represent the future of football here in South Florida,” said Miami Dolphins General Manager Jeff Ireland. “We are happy to be able to assist in helping fulfill a dream of all Team South Florida and their quest for a National Championship.”
Team South Florida’s quest for a National Championship started in early December as it was crowned the Football University 7th Grade Florida State Champions following victories over in-state rivals Team Southwest Florida and Team Central Florida. Following their in-state victories, Team South Florida advanced to the regional portion of the tournament where they continued their run with victories over teams representing North Carolina and Georgia en route to being crown 2012 Football University 7th Grade Southeastern Champions. The capturing of the Regional Championship earned the team a berth in the National Championship Semi-Finals against Team Maryland. The winner of the Team South Florida/Team Maryland game will face the winner of the Team Northwest Louisiana/Team Orange County (California) game to crown the eventual National Champion.
“We are grateful for Jeff Ireland and the Dolphins for their generous support of our team and youth football in South Florida,” explained Team South Florida coach Ben Fillichio. “Without the involvement of the Miami Dolphins Organization, Team South Florida would not have been able to participate in the FBU tournament, compete for a National Championship or showcase to the country the talented players we have in our community.”
Team South Florida’s four victories over the past month earned the team, comprised of local 7th graders, the right to compete for the first ever Football University 7th Grade National Championship and a trip to San Antonio, Texas. The team of 28 players who are current 7th graders and under the age of 14, were selected from various youth football teams within the South Florida community.
The 2012 Football University 7th Grade National Championship consisted of 64 Teams from all over the United States and Canada representing their State/Province battling in a single elimination tournament. The finals will be played in San Antonio’s Alamodome on the weekend of January 6th in conjunction with the US Army High School All-American Bowl.