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Sunday July 25, 2021 | 8:01


The pandemic has postponed the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Penn Hills Midget Football Association for one year.

But the time lost due to the pandemic has not been a total loss for the program.

PHMFA President James Bradley saw an opportunity to refresh the program. The PHMFA created a new logo for the anniversary, renovated the grounds and snack bar at Turner Friendship Park, and created a website and app for parents and program members to communicate.

“I say to parents, ‘For the first time you have a voice,’” Bradley said of how he wanted to improve the program. “It is undeniable that my motivations are here. I want the kids to play football and I do all I can to make them want to be here.

The first practice of the PHMFA was scheduled for July 26 at Friendship Park. Parents can still register their children in the team until August 6. Penn Hills will open its schedule on August 22 on the road against Gateway.

Bringing the program into the 21st century with technology is something Bradley and PHMFA Marketing Director Bethany Slaugenhaupt hope they can generate interest in. They currently have 80 children registered for football and 35 for cheerleading.

The app helps communicate with parents to keep them up to date with the schedule while providing a place for people to talk and share photos. Bradley and Slaugenhaupt moderate the app and make sure everyone involved has a connection to the program.

Slaugenhaupt said the group of parents who have used the app and website so far have made it a positive experience for everyone involved.

“Penn Hills Midget Football has been the sole supplier of midget football for 75 years,” Slaugenhaupt said. “We’ve been the program at Penn Hills for so long. Making this website and app where parents can be involved in one place is safe because we are moderating it. Anyone who is on the app is part of the program.

The PHMFA is also looking for more cheerleading players and coaches ahead of the start of the season.

Bradley is eager to start the season. He believes that with the improvements the PHMFA will continue to impress people who attend league games.

“I have been in this community and this program for 20 years; it’s nice, ”Bradley said. “Everyone who comes into our equipment room says, ‘I’ve never seen anything like it. I have never seen a program distribute things that have labels on them.

For more information, visit the PHMFA website at www.thephmfa.com or contact the organization at thephmfa@gmail.com.

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