The Mokena Burros youth football team made headlines in 2012 for several reasons.
Hot topics involving the Burros included the introduction of the Mokena Junior Griffins, controversy surrounding the behavior of a Burros official, difficulty determining a location for play and conflict regarding whether players should be allowed to wear pink during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Check out our roundup of Burros news from the past year below.
Mokena Adds Youth Football Team to River Valley League
Football fans, meet the Mokena Junior Griffins.
On Feb. 25 and March 3, registration will be held at the Mokena Park District Administration Building for a new Mokena youth football team ... to read more, click here.
Letter to the Editor: Mokena Burros Tradition Continues
The Mokena Burros Football, Cheerleading and Flag program begin plans for the 49th season. The rich tradition, high spirit and fulfillment live on in Mokena. The current board is working diligently to prepare for the 2012 season ... to read more, click here.
Mokena Park District President Dennis Bagdon said he's worried an incident last week where he said he was accosted by a Mokena Burros official is taking attention from where it should be—on the kids playing youth football ... to read more, click here.
UPDATED: Burros Won't Get Park District Fields
Although it reportedly has never had an official affiliation agreement with the Mokena Community Park District, the Mokena Burros now want one ... to read more, click here.
UPDATED: Community Reacts to Lost Burros Fields
Darlene Kruse's 10-year-old son came home from school on Wednesday saying he didn't even want to play football anymore ... to read more, click here.
After the park district would not rent fields to the Mokena Burros, the youth football and cheer program found their own space to play—the vacant Meijer development at Route 30 and Wolf Road ... to read more, click here.
Letter to the Editor: Jr. Griffins Not Involved in Burros Dispute
While the Jr. Griffins Board is excited about their inaugural season, we are disheartened by the controversy surrounding the Mokena Community Park District (MCPD) and Mokena Burros as it erroneously infers some culpability by the Jr. Griffins ... to read more, click here.
Check Out the Burros' New Field
Once the grass turns green and the weather turns warm, the field at the south of the Mokena Marketplace strip mall will become the home for Mokena Burros football, flag and cheer ... to read more, click here.
Burros Don't Have a Field After All
If you signed up your children for Mokena Burros football, flag or cheer believing the group had space to play games this season, you were wrong ... to read more, click here.
Following the loss of their field and a barrage of rumors and miscommunication, the Mokena Burros are moving forward with new places to play football in 2012 ... to read more, click here.
Burros Athletic Director Bans Pink Uniform Accents
For years, Mokena Burros youth football players have worn pink athletic gear during October games to honor breast cancer survivors ... to read more, click here.
Burros Mom on Breast Cancer Controversy: "We Have Severely Lost Focus"
First, let me say that I have been a Burro parent since 1994, a medical professional that has provided care, held hands, hugged patients and their family members and watched them die ... to read more, click here.
One mother-and-son team used that conversation as an opportunity for action ... to read more, click here.
Burros Ban on Pink Has a Lot of People Talking
The boys who play tackle football for the Mokena Burros can no longer garb themselves in shades of pink if they want to remain on the gridiron. So says Burros Athletic Director Sal Della Fave ... to read more, click here.
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