Naperville Saints to host its first Youth Football Jamboree amid record growth

The Naperville Saints will host its inaugural youth football "jamboree" event on Saturday, Aug. 13.

This milestone event will feature youth tackle football players scrimmaging against each other in preparation for the upcoming football season.

"The 2022 Naperville Saints Jamboree will be a fun, family event which reflects how youth football is growing again in Naperville," says Tom Liabo, president of Naperville Saints. "We are very excited to get kids back on the field playing the game they love."

This event comes in the wake of recent initiatives and accomplishments of the organization.

It will feature more than 350 youth football players playing in a "jamboree" format. The Saints players will play in full-contact, full-pads, short scrimmages.

Kids, ages 7-14, are participating. The 8-U to Junior Varsity will be scrimmaging at Knoch Park turf field between 9 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. The varsity (eighth-grade) players will be at Nike Complex between 1 and 4 p.m.

"We are ecstatic about the opportunity to get our players together to play football and share the experience within the Naperville community," says Mike Lemons, board member of Naperville Saints.

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The Naperville Saints are the longest-tenured youth football organization in Naperville. As a nonprofit, volunteer-driven youth football organization, its mission is to motivate and mentor players for success on and off the field.

Founded in 1963 as St. Raphael Football, the players learn how to play football in a safe, positive, and inclusive environment while instilling confidence, discipline, and character. It is comprised of multiple teams organized by age and skill level from 7 to 14 years old, emphasizing football fundamentals, teamwork, safety, exercise, discipline, achievement, resilience, and fun.

The Naperville Saints are a proud member of the long-standing and nationally recognized Bill George Youth Football League.

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