Park Ridge Sports, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving football and cheer participants in the Park Ridge area. Park Ridge Sports, Inc. was founded in 1967 by John Maloney, Sam Donatucci, Joe Kaminsky, Jack Cartland, and Phil Coplis.
Originally known as Mighty Mite Youth Sports, the organization originally had programs for football, cheerleading, wrestling, boxing, and girl’s gymnastics. As all of these programs began to grow in size and demanded more focused leadership, Park Ridge Sports, Inc. made a strategic decision in the 1980's to focus their efforts on football and cheerleading, and to build one of the premier youth football and cheerleading organizations in the northwest suburbs and Chicagoland area. Under the football umbrella there was both House and Travel football and cheer programs, all of which still operate to this day. Park Ridge Football, who operates the in-house program, is an affiliate of the Park Ridge Park District, and still upholds Mighty Mites original creed “The youth of a nation are the trustees of posterity”.
The Park Ridge Football program is recognized regionally as a first class organization in our community. The organization has delivered thousands of well trained and well disciplined young athletes to local high schools. These athletes have been seasoned not only in the skills of their sport, but also have learned the essential characteristics of sports competition: Sportsmanship, Work Ethic, and Training. Perhaps the strongest testament to Park Ridge Football comes from the parents of the young athletes themselves. The programs are designed to be competative and fun; delivering positive lif-long memories to our youth.
Park Ridge Football receives no outside funding beyond what is received from the participants fees and some donations. As we move forward in developing the next generation of young athletes, Park Ridge Football is proud to say that we are founded, coached, and supported by volunteers. These volunteers stand behind and follow the organization's mission statement below.
The Park Ridge Youth Football organization is committed to providing a safe, positive, and nourishing environment where our student athletes and coaches are afforded the opportunity to develop strength of character, build self-esteem, and realize personal development. We will do this by creating an atmosphere that:
· Promotes Self Respect & Discipline
· Fosters Teamwork & Friendships
· Teaches Core Fundamentals & Rules of the Game
· Rewards Sportsmanship & Fair Play
· Promotes Pride & Leadership
· Sets an Example of Community Spirit & Good Citizenship
Our goal is to make this the most positive and influential experience that our players and cheerleaders will have.
To our coaches, we ask that you incorporate the ideals of this mission statement into your coaching philosophy and routine. We ask that you respect each other, in all football-related situations and know that you must lead by example and be willing to submit to a higher standard than non-coaches.
Most of all, we want everyone to have fun!