May 4, 2022
Program Alert! Tonight We Celebrate Our All-American Scholars
Tonight at 8:00pm EST we're celebrating our All-American Scholars and revealing this year's National Award Recipients. You can watch this special show on our Facebook page or YouTube channel.

Scholar-Athletes: Tune in as we honor more than 3,300 youth student-athletes who have been named All-American Scholars by earning a GPA of 96% or higher. Check out the full list of All-American Scholars here.

National Awardees: Additionally, tonight's show will feature special video messages from our 2022 National Award Recipients, recognizing four prominent leaders in professional sports for their outstanding commitment to their communities and crafts. This year's recipients include:

  • Inspiration to Youth Award: Darren Waller, Las Vegas Raider Tight End and The Darren Waller Foundation founder and president 
  • Trailblazer Award: Dawn Aponte, NFL Chief Football Administrative Officer, Football Operations
  • Humanitarian Award: Warrick Dunn, Warrick Dunn Charities, Inc. founder and former NFL running back
  • NFL Team of The Year Award: LA Rams

In case you miss tonight's show, it will be available on-demand as well.
Champions in the Classroom
Every year, I look forward to celebrating the hard work and achievements of our All-American Scholars. I am always so incredibly proud of the remarkable commitment thousands of our young student-athletes make to their academics, and no more so than these past few years which brought challenges of remote schooling and limited interaction with friends and teammates. It’s an exciting time, and one I hope you all get to enjoy with family and friends.

In the midst of this year’s celebration, I was asked “what does it mean to be a student-athlete?” [Read more...]
I Volunteer Because...
Pop Warner wouldn't exist without the tireless effort of our wonderful volunteers. We love to celebrate these remarkable community leaders. In this issue we feature:

Neville Clothier, Eastern Region Scholastics Coordinator
Region: Eastern
I’m often asked why I spend almost all of my “free time” volunteering for Pop Warner; here are a few of the reasons:

  • My daughter – I started volunteering for Pop Warner 29 years ago when my daughter was a PeeWee cheerleader for the Troy Patriots in the Capital District Pop Warner league. The VP from the organization saw me at all the practices and gave me a job. 
  • Pop Warner – There are many organizations vying for volunteers, but I chose to volunteer for Pop Warner because I believe in the organization and what it stands for (its right there in the name) – Pop Warner LITTLE SCHOLARS… The Pop Warner scholastic program is a differentiator when compared to other youth sports organizations and one of the many reasons that I volunteer. 
  • Smiles – If you’ve ever seen the smile on a young football player that made a good block or a cheerleader that hit a stunt they’ve been practicing or the smile on the face of a scholar athlete when they are recognized for their academic achievements, then you know what I’m talking about. 
  • Rewarding – There is nothing more rewarding than knowing that children are able to participate in because I’m one of the volunteers that makes it possible. (See also Smiles above 😊)

Remember - There are no unimportant volunteer jobs - every volunteer is important! 
Why do you volunteer? Feel free to let us know at
All-American Scholar Merchandise Available
There are several different styles to choose from. Available for both football and cheer & dance.

On sale now at
From All-American to Aerospace Engineering

Annabelle Stube, a former All-American Scholar, is now attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to study Aerospace Engineering. In this Alumni Feature, she reflects on her time as a Umatilla Bulldog cheerleader and the skills it taught her to succeed in school and pursue her dream of one day working for NASA. [Read more...]
USC QB Nelson Talks Pop Warner Days
Malachi Nelson is one of the top recruits coming out of high school this year and is set to be USC's next star QB. How did he get there? By being the best Pop Warner kid he could be. 

In the latest episode of Youth Inc., 14-year NFL veteran and father of three Greg Olsen talks with Malachi and his father about the decision to play Pop Warner and the positive impacts it had on Malachi's development and path to college football. [Listen here...]
Rocket League Event Set for Sunday
Up for grabs is a $25 Visa Gift Card to the winner of this Sunday's tournament. You can enter this cross-platform event on either Xbox or PlayStation. Get in on the action, have some fun, and... hopefully win the prize.
May 15
7:00 pm ET
A Salute to Cheer & Dance Social Media Day
A big thanks to all the regions, leagues, associations, teams and participants for their participation in Social Media Day. We enjoy this day every year, and appreciate all of the special posts, videos and images that celebrate Pop Warner Cheer & Dance.

For a sampling of Social Media Day, check out the #popwarnercheeranddance hashtag on your favorite social media platforms from April 30. Or visit some of these groups to see how they celebrated: Fishhawk Wolfpack, Alamo City Jaguars, La Porte Slicers, Hillsborough Dukes, Smyrna Clayton Eagles and Coastal Pop Warner.