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.
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.”
Friday, July 15, 2011 (pool play)
Field # 1
Team Shutdown v. Gwinnett Chargers
OILERS v. Sandtown Vikinings
Atlanta TRUTH v. OILERS
Atlanta TRUTH v. Team Shutdown
Atlanta TRUTH v. Tucker
|2A||TRUTH v. Gresham Park Rattlers||3:00P|
|3A||TRUTH v. New Birth||4:30P|
|4A||TRUTH v. OILERS||6:00P|
|4A||Team Shutdown v. New Birth||7:30P|
Saturday, July 16, 2011 (seed play)
Field #1 Field # 2
|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|
|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
|2A||Consolation Game 5 v. 6||12:30P|
|2A||Third Place 3 v. 4||2:00P|
|3A||Third Place 3 v. 4||3:30P|
|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