Medina Youth Football

Football has always been a proud American tradition, and for Medina that is no exception. In the 1960s the community desired a football league for young boys, thankfully Chet Cypher and other community members stepped up. Since 1968, PeeWee football has grown in importance and become a central organization to the youth of Medina. Boys of Medina find themselves learning essential life lessons while playing "The greatest game ever created." Since its inception the Medina boys have played against Wadsworth boys, as both communities share the league and worked towards the common goal of turning boys into men.
Many good times are had by the youth of the Pee Wee league and there are many popular stories circulated about the league. The community would truly be at a loss without the humorous and entertaining exploits of Medina Youth Football. Even before the start of the program Medina was interested in football. According to Jo Ann King, there was a play in which the whole team merely picked up their quarterback who held the ball and threw him over the defensive line.
The organization of Medina Youth Football was an essential turning point for the youth of the city of Medina. At the time, the youth were unable to participate in many activities outside of the fair and Scouting, and with football, they were given something fun to do. Medina Youth Football as an organization has always attempted to better the lives and the morals of the boys who have joined it. Through the program, many young men learned the values of camaraderie, teamwork, and ethics. Another benefit provided by the program, is that it brings the community together in a common activity that they can all enjoy. In working together, the parents, volunteers, and boys of Medina give the community something that was truly great.
Although the teams have not always had winning seasons, the league itself has been successful. Medina Youth football has grown from its small foundations of a two city league, and has now grown to be part of the All Ohio Youth Football League, playing teams as far away as Kent! When the league first formed as a PeeWee organization, it was small. Despite having no wins in the first season, the first game was 12-14 and the Mustangs had no time to practice! Ultimately the lack of wins the first season was due to lack of practice, as the boys were able to start having a winning season and in just the second year going to the PeeWee championships!

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Bill Dunn Lights

Bill Dunn Lights

The lights at Bill Dunn Fields were donated by Ohio Edison, which made Medina's Youth Football program the first Pee Wee team that had a lighted field in our league. Mr. Gorfido took some of the boys from the league down to Grafton to pick up the lights in his dump truck. Then they hauled them back to Medina where Ohio Edison volunteers constructed and wired them. Picture courtesy of James Waite and Drew Smock. View File Details Page

Concession Stand at Bill Dunn

Concession Stand at Bill Dunn

The Concession stand at is always a busy place during the games. Fans, parents, and kids are all coming to get snacks for the game. The volunteers at the stand are an important part of the MYFA, especially when the league was first started. Moms and other volunteers held bake sales and other fundraisers to acquire funds for the leagues to operate. The family was an important part of the team as well, since the entire family was involved with the team's activities. From cleaning uniforms, transportation, and being a great cheering section, the football team is a family activity through and through. Picture courtesy of James Waite and Drew Smock. View File Details Page

Medina Soccer Stadium

Medina Soccer Stadium

Imagine a stand full of Medinians cheering on the PeeWee teams in the early years of the program. From here, fans witnessed the first three seasons of the program, and the first time a Medina PeeWee team went to the championships was watched in these very stands! Picture courtesy of James Waite and Drew Smock. View File Details Page

Medina Soccer Field

Medina Soccer Field

In the Soccer Field at Claggett Middle School the PeeWee teams would play their games. The rent on this field, however, was spectacular, which caused the organizers to seek out a new field, which they would eventually be given in Reagan Park. Picture courtesy of James Waite and Drew Smock. View File Details Page

Bill Dunn Field

Bill Dunn Field

As the field in Reagan Park was constructed the PeeWee program could breath a sigh of relief as they would no longer have to pay the rent on the Soccer field. After the construction of Bill Dunn field, the PeeWee league was able to play on their own field. Picture courtesy of James Waite and Drew Smock. View File Details Page

Modern Youth Football

Modern Youth Football

In modern times, the Medina Youth Football League has become less popular than the Middle School teams in the 12-13 age group. While these teams act as a feeder for the High School team, they still teach the same values of teamwork and camaraderie. Picture courtesy of Matt McGill. View File Details Page

Sam Gorfido

Sam Gorfido

Pictured here is Sam Gorfido, one of the founding members of Medina Youth Football. Through his coaching and love of the game, Medina Youth Football would grow to be a central foundation for the boys of Medina. Even today, once can see the influences of his leadership in the coaches and parents of MYFA. Picture courtesy of The Medina Gazette. View File Details Page

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Matt McGill, James Waite, Drew Smock, “Medina Youth Football,” Discover Medina, accessed May 27, 2017, http://discovermedina.org/items/show/32.

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