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Springfield Longhorns Tackle Youth Violence Issue

football violenceSPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – In a city that is no stranger to youth violence, there is a glimmer of hope and the “Springfield Longhorns” football team is a shining example of that.

Friday night the Longhorns celebrated their fourth consecutive “Central Mass Super Bowl Championship” in Pop Warner. The team brings together boys ages 12 to 15 from the areas of Springfield, Holyoke and Chicopee.

“It’s just a wonderful experience having these young men in our life with so much going on in our community. You know we talk about the bad that’s going on. Here we have young men doing some more positive things, and that have represented the city of Springfield in a marvelous way,” said Johnnie Vernon Muhammad, the head coach.

The event was held at the Melha Shriners Banquet Hall on Longhill Street in Springfield.

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