Deion, Dunta’s youth teams to face off at Westlake High

Deion Sanders visited the team facilities with his youth football team last summer. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/

Deion Sanders visited the team facilities with his youth football team last summer. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/

Former Falcons cornerback Deion Sanders, leading up to his enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio on Aug. 6, has spent the last week in Atlanta getting ready for his second annual youth football tournament  and for a Red and Black fundraising Gala.

Sanders and Jamal Lewis, the former All-Pro running back,  will host the 2nd Annual Primetime Youth Football Tournament Friday through Sunday at Westlake High.

On Saturday, Sanders is hosting a Pre-Hall of Fame Induction Prime Time Black & Red Celebration Gala from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. at 200 Peachtree in downtown Atlanta. (If you don’t have on Red and Black, you’ll have to go home and change.)

All proceeds will benefit Primetime Associations Sports Teams, LLC.
Prime Time Association Sports is a 501c3 nonprofit organization, which his youth sports programs fall under. For more information you can contact Tee Foxx, 404.791.6525 or Iris Settle, 678.913.4239.

Dunta Robinson. (D. Orlando Ledbetter, )

Dunta Robinson. (D. Orlando Ledbetter, )

Also, Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson’s team, the Athens Oilers, and former Falcon Keion Carpenter’s team, Team Shutdown from Baltimore, will play in the tournament. Lewis’ team is Atlanta T.R.U.T.H, (formerly Atlanta Vikings).

The local teams include the Sandtown Vikings, Tucker Lions, Gwinnett Chargers, New Birth Eagles and the Gresham Park Rattlers.

There will be six teams in each age group, 10U (2A), 12U (3A) and 14U (4A). Each team will be guaranteed three games with pool games on Friday, semi-finals Saturday and championship games on Sunday for each age group. In addition to the championship games on Sunday there will be a third place game along with a consolation game for each age group.

Play starts at 1:30 p.m. on Friday and will go through the championship games, which are set for 5 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Sunday.

Sanders’ started the T.R.U.T.H.  youth football brand.

“It’s an acronym for keep trust in God,” Sanders said. “R, respect myself and others. U, understand that I have unlimited possibilities. T, try my best and never give up and H, honor the truth and spirit at all times. My kids, ages 5 to 14, can recite that on command.”

Robinson, sponsors over 100 underprivileged youth (ages 4-14) from his hometown.

“My dream has truly come full circle,” Robinson said. “Deion inspired me to pursue my goals and dreams and I am blessed to do the same for the members of the Athens Oilers. I believe in these kids and want to give them the same opportunities I had.”

Game Schedule

Friday, July 15, 2011 (pool play)

Field # 1




Team Shutdown v. Gwinnett Chargers


OILERS v. Sandtown Vikinings




Atlanta TRUTH v. Team Shutdown


Atlanta TRUTH v. Tucker


Field #2

Age Game Time
2A TRUTH  v. Gresham Park Rattlers 3:00P
3A TRUTH v. New Birth 4:30P
4A Team Shutdown v. New Birth 7:30P

Saturday, July 16, 2011 (seed play)

Field #1                                                                                   Field # 2

Age Game Time
2A 3 v. 4 9:00A
2A 2 v. 5 10:30A
3A 1 v. 6 12:00P
3A 2 v. 5 1:30P
3A 3 v. 4 3:00P
Age Game Time
2A 1 v. 6 10:30A
4A 1 v. 6 12:00P
4A 2 v. 5 1:30P
4A 3 v. 4 3:00P

Sunday, July 17, 2011 (Championship, Consolation, & Third Place)

Field # 1                                                          Field #2

Age Game Time
2A Consolation Game 5 v. 6 12:30P
2A Third Place 3 v. 4 2:00P
3A Third Place 3 v. 4 3:30P
Age Game Time
3A Consolation Game 5 v. 6 12:30P
4A Consolation Game 5 v. 6 2:00P
4A Third Place 3 v. 4 3:30P


2A-5:00P       3A-6:30P      4A-8:00P

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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6 comments Add your comment

Not rawdawg

July 14th, 2011
8:44 pm

I-I am number one
R-Really fast typer
S-Simply, the best
T-Too many letters to say that I’m first


July 15th, 2011
6:01 am

UGA Advocate

July 15th, 2011
10:51 am

Good stuff guys….I’d be willing to bet that Little Leaugue Football in Covington, GA is up to par with any team in the tournament.


July 15th, 2011
11:28 am

Nice warm-up to the season. The Glenwood Hill 10UN gold team should have been in there but oh well. We will take other tournaments by storm.


July 15th, 2011
11:29 am

Did I miss it somewhere, but what are the ticket prices?


July 20th, 2011
1:12 pm

It was a great tourney. My son now knows that we(Baltimore) because he loves the way southern football is played hes only 10) have great competition here. Now its time for Baltimore youth football organizations to do it the way they do it in the south, no weight limit based on age. If that happens watch out! Just look at it, the older the boys were the better they were. 10u third place, a slug fest with the vikes( great game young men), 12 u had the game under control lost it late(chalk that up to not being used to tough games), and 14u a total annihilation of Deion’s truth team. Oh did i mention that these kids got together for the first time in May of this year, no games played prior to the weekend, and no scrimmages. Watch out world Baltimore won’t only be known for basketball football soon come!