Super Saturday 2019 a Great Day for Friends and Football
February 8, 2019 - Livermore, CA - Dads from Altamont Creek and Croce elementary schools hit the gridiron on Saturday, February 2, 2019 to compete in the 11th Annual Super Saturday flag football game. While Altamont Creek ultimately grabbed the win with a score of 14-6, the dads of students from each school competed fiercely for the traveling trophy and bragging rights. These players did not negotiate lucrative contracts or have swanky locker rooms, but they did have the fanatical support of their school communities, a day of fun, and the pride of their children regardless of the final score.
The tradition started in 2008 as a way to cultivate bonds between the primary male role models for students and as a way to engage families in a school spirit activity. Students are a part of the event in every way possible, with Imani Prior, Croce Elementary third grader, singing the National Anthem, junior referees, and a Livermore High School (LHS) Cheer camp where the young participants perform on the sidelines and at halftime.
The game is sponsored by Altamont Creek and Croce Elementary PTAs, along with community sponsors A4 Limo, Amos Productions, Big O Tires, and Hop de Vine. Some may ask why a group of dads years away from high school would participate in an activity that may leave them sore and bruised. Croce dad Adrian Valverde summed it up perfectly, stating, “The reason I play is simple - for community and healthy competition. It is fun hanging around with guys you would not cross paths with otherwise.”
This year, coincidentally, both team captains are Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District employees and have children at each elementary school. "What a great event to be a part of, to raise money for the PTA, and bond with other dads from both Croce and Altamont. Our guys had a lot of fun and nobody got hurt so it was a pretty good day," said James Petersdorf, LHS Athletic Director.
Steve Syth, LHS social science teacher, said, “It was a fun way in which we could help raise money for the schools, and we look forward to doing it again next year.”
Photos of Super Saturday courtesy of The Independent