The Future Is Now

Gaelic football and kids Fairfax Virginia

The beginning of something monumental is often hard to recognize when it stares you in the face.

But youth football in the DC area had one of those days over the weekend. Indeed, on Sunday, more than 40 kids — from 6 to 16 years old — showed up to a give-Gaelic-a-try skills clinic hosted by Fairfax Police Youth Club. Five of our club's coaches helped out, explaining the game and running fun, crisp drills for 75 minutes on a sweltering day. 

Were there plenty of confused looks about hand-passing, solos and the many ways to score? Absolutely. But for the kids who came out, there were mostly smiles. Dare we say they had a blast? 

At the beginning of the summer, not a single one of these kids had heard of this form of football. But they all took a leap of (athletic) faith on a late-August afternoon. (Many have since registered for FPYC's fall program, which has already exceeded its registration goal.) When they return to school next week, they can say with confidence: I learned a new sport on summer vacation. 

And it was the start of something big for all of us. 


Michael McCarthy