Bigger and better, the Lynn Chargers, dressed in their bright gold jerseys and black pants, are ready to tackle their opponents.
Brian Lozzi, president of the Chargers youth football and cheerleading organization, said that enrollment has increased by 50 per cent this season.
“We went from 92 football players to about 140 and had the same increase in cheerleaders,” said Lozzi, who is in his sixth season in the organizations. “We now have close to 200 participants.”
One change that fans will notice on the new Pittsburgh Steelers-gold football jerseys is that they are adorned with “Lynn” on the front instead of “Chargers.”
“We have East Lynn and West Lynn and this is just Lynn, so we thought it was a nice touch to have Lynn on the front and Chargers on the back,” said Lozzi.
Lozzi said the reaction to the new uniforms has been great.
“The kids love the new look,” said Lozzi. “They go very well with the helmets and the black pants. It’s a really colorful look. It’s been a change. We wore black jerseys for five years. We had Lynn put into the [San Diego Chargers-style ] bolt on the helmets.”
The teams used to practice at Magnolia Park but have moved to the fields adjacent to Lynn Tech.
“We’re expecting a good season,” said Lozzi. “We have a lot of talent on our four teams [grades 1 through 8].”
Please see more photos on pages 6 and 7.