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NEFL Teams Partner with the Community

The Hartford Whalers connect with North American Family Institute


NEFL Teams Partner with the Community


HARTFORD, CT- The largest minor league football league in the country, the New England Football League takes pride in being an impact both on and off the field. A few specific teams have made great connections with quality organizations in their own respective community.


The North American Family Institute (NAFI) supports the 3,200 children living in Foster Care throughout the state of Connecticut. With another 1,400 children awaiting placement, the NAFI is constantly seeking strong families to connect with needy youth. &ldquot;These kids need strong and stable families to assist with their maturation&rdquot; said Hartford Whalers owner Zerrell Stallings, &ldquot;anything we can do to help these kids we are willing to do.&rdquot; To assist in bringing awareness to this worthy cause, NAFI and the Hartford Whalers will partner up for a Lace Up For Foster Care Event. At the Whalers-Western Mass Warriors game on September 8th, players will wear blue shoe laces to support children in foster care, honor the thousands of foster families throughout Connecticut, and raise awareness about the ongoing need of additional foster families throughout the area. &ldquot;If nothing else we hope we can help people realize the great job the NAFI is doing in our community.&rdquot;

Boy's Ink is a national nonprofit organization established to help boys identify with who they are, what their potential is and help them with their academic and character development. Based out of Springfield, MA, the Western Mass Warriors have taken a specific interest in the newly developed mentoring program. &ldquot;Being men, we realize the importance of connecting with boys who are in need of role models&rdquot; said Warriors quarterback Chris Boarders, &ldquot;connecting these boys who love sports to us is an automatic match.&rdquot; Members of the Boy's Ink organization can be seen on weekly bases on the sideline of Warriors games enjoying the show and connecting with their mentors. &ldquot;It's an honor to be chosen to work with these boys, they add to our lives as much as we add to theirs.&rdquot;  

The Warriors and Whalers are just a few of many teams in the NEFL that partner with non for profit organizations with a focus on helping the youth. &ldquot;We all put a lot of time and effort in our respected teams, reaching out to the people in our community and helping anyway we can is the mission of all of us.&rdquot;


 Boy's Ink Executive Director Michael Kakley Jr. (far right) 

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