For 27 years, the CDMFA has been here to offer quality programs and competition for its member clubs. We have had many highlights, many great accomplishments, and many alumni who as players, coaches and administrators are still in the football community and are a testament to what a valuable program we are in the sport of football.
Despite the setbacks and challenges of the last couple of years; bad media, concussion news, economic setbacks, and this little thing of a world-wide pandemic … I believe we are stronger than ever. With our collective talents and energies, I believe CDMFA will be the standard by which youth football will be measured in this province now and for years to come. This progress and success are thanks to our volunteers and their dedication to our mission, vision and values and ongoing commitment to the youth in our community.
It is the youth in our community that we are doing this for. We are not in the business of making profits, we are in the business of building dreams. Sure, we may aspire to win a championship trophy, or get our players selected for an elite team, or in an extremely rare event land a professional contract.
Realistically we are here to give them a strong support system, structure on which they can depend when other leaders don’t lead, strength to overcome the obstacles we can’t even see, and the sense of value and self-worth that is constantly eroded by the larger society and social media, and sometimes just a family to belong to. While we can allow ourselves to be distracted by the excitement and rules of playing a game, our underlying focus is and must always be to build up personalities, character, and community. … for they are our future and the future of the sport of football.
I am going to close with a quote I borrowed from an 18-year-old high school graduate giving a valedictorian address to her class …. “There are large and difficult challenges weighing on us daily, we must look for the positive and continue to move forward … We are the ones we have been waiting for … we are the change we seek.”
Here's to the success of the CDMFA and all the possibilities of 2022.