Whitney Young's New Football Program Gets Warm Welcome At Prep Rally

Mike Krauser
September 28, 2018 - 11:53 am
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- After not being able to field a team last year, Whitney Young's new football program is winning on the field and has been warmly welcomed by the magnate high school.

A loud prep rally was held for the team Friday at the Near West Side school, which shut its football program down last year after not enough kids signed up to play. 

This year is a different story, said Dr. Joyce Kenner, principal of the school. The team has more than enough players, and it's unbeaten record speaks for itself.

“Our record is 6-0, and we have almost 50 kids who are participating," she said. "We changed coaches, we changed the culture of the program, and I’m just excited we’re 6-0.”

Head coach Chris Mallette says there are 45 on the team, and 32 had never worn shoulder pads or helmets prior to this summer. Now, he said, the team is playing for eachother and for the school.

“I task every one of our kids, freshman to senior, first day of school, you find someone sitting by themselves in the lunchroom and you sit with them," he said. "That’s your friend for the day.”