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WARRENSVILLE HEIGHTS -- For the second year in a row, three teams of American Youth Football players are on their way to the national championships in Florida.

The Warrensville Cowboys 4th, 6th, and 8th grade teams will compete against the best youth football teams in the country next week.

4th Grade Coach Delmar Calhoun says it will cost each family $450 to send their son. The cost covers bus transportation, lodging and three meals a day for the trip from December 2 - December 10.

With so many kids qualifying, parents are trying to do what ever they can to raise money, and lessen the financial burden.

Calhoun says the kids had to earn the right to even get this far; making good grades in school and submitting their report cards.

Last year, the Cowboys were only able to send one of four qualifying teams to the championship, because of costs.

This year, they've made a head start on the fundraising: holding bucket drives, candy and donut sales, a fall festival and chicken dinners.

The teams have raised $1,100 to get to nationals, but still have a long way to go by next week.

"It would mean a lot for these kids to have their dreams come true. Especially after we've asked them to succeed in the classroom, at home and on the field," said Coach Calhoun.

Donations can be made at any Huntington Bank, to the "Warrensville Cowboys Youth Football" account.

Contact Delmar Calhoun (216)240-0314; mcdoc1993@yahoo.com.

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