The Winston-Salem Vikings, a local Pop Warner Football organization, recognized its players and team leaders Saturday night during a banquet at the Hilton Garden Inn off Hanes Mall Boulevard.
Players, who attended with their parents and other family members, were recognized for not only their achievements on the field, but in the classroom as
well. Two Vikings, Michael L. Robinson Jr. and Jalen Deatherage, were named Pop Warner Second Team Scholars, an honor given to only a small percentage of players around the nation.
Every child left the banquet with a trophy, a full stomach, and life lessons from their coaches, organization leaders and Bobby Kimbrough, an entrepreneur who was invited to give the keynote address.
His theme, “To Dream and Create a Vision for Yourselves,” emphasized hard work, dedication and listening to elders.
“A lot of you guys are at a sort of crossroads,” he said. “You can go this way or that way … What you do right now or (in) the next few years, will determine where you live, what kind of food you eat, and the quality of living that you can have for yourself.”
He told the youngsters to make good choices, choose their friends carefully and stay focused.
“See for yourself, what you want and how to get there,” he said.