We are a group of committed volunteers, experienced coaches, well versed athletes and active community members who have joined forces to create a well-balanced, safe and competitive football league for young athletes. Athletes range from 3rd to 8th grade with different skill levels and experience, but all have the desire to compete against some of the best travel football teams in the region.
Practices happen 3-4 days a week and focus on developing a wide range of skills, through drills, conditioning and film breakdown, learning technique, sharpening fundamentals and scrimmages. Our games are played once a week and require some area travel. We prepare our football players to be ready for high school football, athletics and beyond.
Football is the ultimate team sport. Our number one goal is for kids to have fun and stay safe while learning that commitment, hard work, sportsmanship and the ability to learn will lead to success on and off the football field. We strive to build camaraderie and create opportunities for all athletes to develop and find success, as well as have a sense of pride representing their community.
Our program was created in 2020 to continue the tradition of Park Ridge youth travel football. With a shift in the existing local program, we wanted to make sure our athletes did not lose the opportunity to play competitive travel football and represent Park Ridge at the highest level of the sport.
We played for 4 seasons with the inaugural one being during the height of the pandemic. While our top priority is player safety, we also believe in building fundamental football skills, learning from high level experienced coaches, and developing the whole player through conditioning, repetitions, and creating lasting relationships with teammates. Our teams have achieved incredible success in a relatively short time. We're especially proud of our Pop Warner National Championship title, 2 Runner Up National Championship titles and 6 Regional/State titles.
For the Fall 2022 season, we renamed our program "Park Ridge Hawks Football.” We want the immense success of our travel program to standout, and eliminate any confusion with surrounding lower tiered programs. We have achieved much in the last 2 years and built a high quality reputation among our competition. The Park Ridge Hawks Football program is THE elite youth travel football program in Park Ridge. We take the best all around athletes and compete at the highest level against the best teams in the Chicagoland area. Our program is special for many reasons, but our paid, experienced coaches and volunteer board consistently give our athletes the best opportunities to develop both personally and as a team, as they prepare for their football futures at Maine South High School and other local high schools.