Senate recognizes Spokane Valley’s national Pop Warner champions

Padden recognizes Spokane Valley Bengals on Senate FloorOn Dec. 3 the Spokane Valley Bengals capped a perfect season by capturing the national Pop Warner football championship in the Mighty-Mites division. On Friday the team, its coaches and the players’ parents were recognized in a resolution adopted by the Washington State Senate.

Spokane Valley is in the Fourth Legislative District represented by Sen. Mike Padden, who highlighted the endeavors of the 2011 Bengals team with Senate Resolution 8668.

“Anyone who has seen a gigantic effort come from a small frame, but a big heart can appreciate the hard work and dedication that went into the great season and inspiring championship-game victory of the Bengals,” said Padden, who has resided in Spokane Valley for 33 years. “From the kids to the coaches to the parents, the Bengals’ 2011 season exemplifies the excellence in athletics and determination for success that makes all of us in the Spokane Valley, and all of Eastern Washington, very proud.”

SR 8668 recounts the path taken by the Bengals on their way to becoming national champions.  After going undefeated in their regular season the group of 18 boys, aged seven to nine, became just one of eight elite “Mighty-Mite” teams chosen by Pop Warner scouts from across the nation to play for the national championship at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla. The Bengals completed their journey by beating the Irondequoit (N.Y.) Eagles by a score of 28-6.

Padden’s resolution concludes with:

“WHERE AS, The Bengals have proven that the success and distinction of the Spokane area sports team knows no age. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That it is with great respect that the Washington State Senate honor the accomplishments and excellence exemplified by the 2011 Spokane Valley Bengals football team for winning the National Championship title.”