A safe place to play

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Every Friday night, Trojan Stadium is open to come out and play a little football.

“We wanted to try to mirror some of the things the YMCA used to do with midnight programs,” said Tonny Penna, Jr. 

Penna is the Greater Johnstown High School football coach. He said there are a lot of positive things for kids in the Johnstown area and he wanted to be a part of that team.

The 7-on-7 flag football league is all about fun.

There are no teams, no coaches, just pick up games.

The program started last year and it was so popular that coach Penna wanted to bring it back. Teenagers from all over the Johnstown area get a chance to sharpen their skills, stay out of trouble, and most of all have a little fun.

For many of these kids it is also a chance to be mentored in sports and the game of life.

“It means a lot to me. I know he (Penna) loves us and we love him,” said Austin Barber. “I look at him like a father figure and I know if I need anything I can go to him.”

The flag football games will continue to have that same impact through the end of August. 

 

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