City Accepts $15,000 donation from Little Grizzly Football for youth scholarships

On Saturday, October 25, Ward 4 City Council Representative Caitlin Copple and a group of young football players will accept a $15,000 donation from Little Grizzly Sports to fund scholarships to Parks and Recreation’s youth flag football program.

Little Grizzly Sports volunteer Bob Hermes will present the check to the school-age players at the Jr. Playmakers Pumpkin Bowl, Parks and Recreation’s annual flag football tournament. The donation will help ensure that all children, regardless of financial status, may sign up for flag football with Parks and Recreation.

“We at Little Grizzly Sports are pleased and proud to pass our 50-year tradition of helping Missoula youth with this scholarship program for low-income families. We are confident Missoula Parks and Recreation will continue with the values we always held dear, those being teaching fundamentals, focusing on teamwork, good sportsmanship and having fun,” says Hermes.


Parks and Recreation offers flag football to boys and girls in kindergarten through 6th grade. The popular program, called Jr. Playmakers, is in its 10th year at Parks and Recreation. “For the past 10 years, Jr. Playmakers has introduced kids to the fundamentals of football and good sportsmanship. It’s an honor to receive Little Grizzly Football’s donation to make flag football available to even more families,” says Parks and Recreation’s Ryan Yearous. “We’re grateful for the donation and look forward to continuing to promote the sport of flag football in the Missoula valley.”

The donation ceremony will take place at Fort Missoula Park softball diamonds, at 12:15 p.m. on Saturday. Council representative Copple and representatives of Little Grizzly Sports and the Parks and Recreation Board will make brief remarks. The public is invited to attend. To learn more about Jr. Playmakers youth sports, including basketball, soccer, disc golf, and ultimate Frisbee™, visit or phone 721-PARK.