LECANTO, Fla. — The 352 Legends are creating more than good football players: they’re creating memories to last a lifetime.
Corey Edwards is the founder of 352 Legends, a flag football league in Citrus County.
“We always say it’s never too young. We start at three years old and go to 15 years old. These kids that you see out here today are all 5 and 6 years old,” Edwards said.
But don’t let their youth fool you — these kids are dedicated to the game.
“A lot of people will come out here and watch them practice and they’ll say, ‘I didn’t know it was possible for them to do something like that.’ Well, we’re here to show them that with hard work and practice, anything is possible,” Edwards said.
It’s a lesson these young athletes are already learning.
This season, the team put their skills to the test.
“They went undefeated for their regular season. Then, they went to Spring Hill and won a group B championship. And then after that they said, ‘Hey, do you think we could compete on a national level?’“ Edwards said. “So we put them to the test. We sent them off the Rumble at Raymond James Stadium. And they did an outstanding job.”
It led to a chance to compete in the world championship at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports.
“These kids have that opportunity to say, ‘We’re going to a World Championship.’ Playing against teams from China, Mexico, Canada — Teams from all over the nation,” Edwards said.
It’s not just about learning football drills and perfecting plays.
Edwards says they’re learning life lessons. “The skill of facing adversity. It’s so undervalued these days.”
At just five and six years old, they’re already learning resilience and having fun in the process.
“It warms my heart to see something like this. We don’t get many opportunities like this. When you see something like this happen, I don’t know if I’ll ever forget it,” Edwards said.
Edwards is making an impact in these young lives.
Regardless of their future in football, the 352 Legends are creating memories that will last.