Crestview boy organizes weekly touch football games


Crestview's Marley Paradise organizes weekly games of touch football.

Special to the News Bulletini
Published: Friday, May 16, 2014 at 05:04 PM.

CRESTVIEW— Many kids like video games, but Marley Paradise prefers the outdoors.

However, prior to just a few months ago, a fraction of the 50 kids in his neighborhood played outside.

So the Antioch Elementary School fifth-grader did something about it.

He organized a neighborhood touch football game that has attracted between 10 and 20 kids, far surpassing his expectations of a few friends.

The children play the game at noon each Sunday at Countryview Park, and Marley organizes the events, even calling kids with reminders beforehand. 

It's become quite a community event, with parents serving as referees or even playing as needed, Marley's mother, Shannon, said.

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