(WXYZ) - Just four days after being crowned the number one, the best junior football team in the country, members of Detroit's Westside Cubs Football team, celebrated their win by chanting their team motto: "God, books and ball. That means God first, school second, and football third.
The cubs have come a long way. Three weeks ago, more than 30 members of the Cubs didn't think they'd even be able to compete in the American Youth Football League National Championships, because players like 13-year-old Jowaun White couldn't afford the $455.00 fee to make the trip to Orlando, Florida.
That's when little Jowaun called me for help.
And that's when i started a fundraising campaign to collect your donations.
Right away, I got hundreds of emails from folks all over the state of Michigan.
Among those emails, a message from the legendary Willie Horton of the 1968 Detroit Tigers.
At the same time, the leadership of the UAW and Ford Motor Company contacted me, also wanting to help.
Altogether the donations topped $13,000.
That money made it possible for the Westside Cubs to take every member of their 5th, 7th, and 9th grade teams to play in the American Youth Football National Championships last week.
Last Saturday, it all came together, as the 9th grade Westside Cubs beat the Florida Predators 24-0 in a blow-out win.
Now, the Westside Cubs own a record of 126 wins and only 7 losses over the last 10-years.
Yes these boys are the real deal. They have proved they are the best in the U.S.
Still, they know that life is about a lot more than football.
And they know they couldn't have done any of this without all of the generous donations coming from so many people in metro Detroit.