The Forest Park Black Hawks Little League Football club participated in the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade held in downtown Baltimore on Jan. 17. MLK’s birthday is one of many reasons the Black Hawks have to celebrate at the start of this year.

Forest Park’s 10-and-under football team earned a perfect 18-0 record last season and won the Under Armour American Youth Football National Championship held in Orlando, Fla. in December 2010.

When Black Hawks vice president and 10-under coach Curtis Covington traveled back to Florida to attend the AYF awards ceremony on Jan.7, he expected his team would get awarded for winning the championship. But he never thought they would name him and his coaching staff the AYF Coach of the Year.

“I was surprised, man. But it feels great,” Covington said. “It’s a humbling experience because there were over 140 other coaches in the tournament. I’m just proud of my guys and our kids for the great job they do.”

But the honors didn’t stop there for Forest Park. The Black Hawks have been selected to represent Team-USA in the 2011 Can-Am Youth Football Jamboree held in Montreal, Canada.

“We can’t wait to make this event happen, and we’re still doing the Hall of Fame Youth Football Jamboree in Canton, Ohio, again,” Covington said. “This is going to be a fun year.”


Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor