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Special Needs Bulldogs find a home for upcoming season

LEWISTOWN – Having a place to call their own.

After a successful 13 years of playing ball at the Burnham Fair Grounds, the Burnham Bulldogs special athlete football team now has a home to call their own.

The Bulldogs shared the field with the Central Keystone Youth Football and Cheer League Bulldogs Mighty Mite, Midget and Pee Wee teams.

“This is a great opportunity for our team to spread its wings a little and have something they can call their own,” said Coach Kenny Varner. “The Burnham field was a great one for us and the other Bulldog teams were great and accommodating to our team. But as the league grew it was getting harder to juggle all the different schedules.”

It would be Derry Township and founder Noah Wise that would step up to the forefront and gave the Special Athletes its own Special home.

“I would like to thank Derry Twp. for allowing us to play at the Kish Park football field. We are already starting the schedule planning for the upcoming season,” said Varner. “We would also thank Noah Wise for all that he has done for the program and creating the team that has so many great players and personalities.”

The “Dawgs” will now have usage of the concession stands and equipment rooms so they can help raise money for field improvement, jerseys and items needed for the season.

Varner also has some long overdue thank yous that has gone unnoticed because of the time getting away from him and the other coaches.

“We would like to thank everybody and every team that has played us or has contributed to us whether the Super Bowl teams, the Eagles club helping us with our sweat pants and jerseys to other Organizations like WMRF & WCHX for Bringing our Super Bowls live on the air and giving these kids their time to shine. We would also like to thank Mifflin County High School, Juniata High school, East Juniata High school , The Midd-West Mustangs And all the central Keystone teams that have come up to play us or allowed us to play at their field. You have guy of all made so many people happy.

Last but not least but I’d like to thank wrestler Bulldog James Dylan and Rob Noxious for Helping us years back by contributing to help us get the scoreboard that is now at the Burnham Bulldogs field. I hope to see a lot of familiar faces back this season. It’s like a new beginning and we are ready to spread our wings And fly high.!

The Bulldogs will start their season the first Wednesday in August, COVID-19 permitting. We are looking to have a 20 to 30 game season.“


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