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Lakewood Youth Football Association gives back to community

Even thought the Lakewood Youth Football Association has only been around for three years, they are already giving back to the community.
Bill Eddy, president of LYFA, along with his wife Patty, donated two new football goalposts to the Lakewood School Board at an Oct. 18 meeting.
Its a good partnership for us. This is truly a win-win situation, said Larry Francois, Lakewood School District Superintendent.
Our athletic fields are really the only game in town for many of our areas youth groups.
The estimated value of the new goalposts is $3,000 dollars.
Patty Eddy said when LYFA first began only three years ago they barely had enough kids to form a team and had to borrow a Midget league player to field a legal team.
After sending out a football
9-1-1 e-mail to the other teams in the Wesco league, Eddy received assistance on becoming a non-profit corporation and soon met with interested parents.
That first year as LYFA was scary, Eddy said. We pulled through but we knew the coming year we needed new equipment for the kids, new hitting bags, etc.
The team began having miscellaneous fundraisers including car washes and a silent auction in an effort to be self-sufficient.
Brenda Berry, a parent of one of the players, first approached Eddy and proposed the idea of a silent auction and carwash.
This years carwash gave 50 percent to a charitable organization which was designated as the Make A Wish Foundation, Eddy said.
The Make A Wish was chosen to honor and assist Karl Biesler, who needs a heart transplant and is currently in line with the organization.
The LYFA left the Wesco league in 2006 and is now a member of the North Cascade Youth Football League.
In the Wesco league we got hammered on a regular basis, she said. We were playing communities with 4A schools and here we were Little Lakewood. We couldnt be competitive. In NCYFL we play more teams like us and we are competitive.
The two new goalposts were installed on a new practice field just south of the Lakewood High School main athletic field.
The LYFA was not allowed to host games on the main LHS field because it needed to be upgraded and maintained, according to Eddy.
One of the benefits of the new goalposts is the 20-foot uprights with flags on top and a goose neck design that comes from the base of the ground.
Both Bill and Patty Eddy stressed that the new goalposts would not have been possible without the volunteers who helped make it possible.

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