For what is expected to be the best season of American Football ever, more than 100 students and their families gathered at Hooters Restaurant in Albrook, Panama, for the second annual ‘Draft’ of the Kiwanis Football League (KFL) Varsity.
Similar to the NFL, the Draft offers coaches a chance to add players from other schools to their rosters.
“The purpose of the draft is to give students who are not enrolled in one of our mother schools the opportunity to participate”, explained Aljejandro Roy, KFL Varsity commissioner.
“Teams usually draft the bigger kids while they rely on their host school students for talent at the other skill positions” he added.
A total of 52 students were assigned to teams through the Draft from a pool of 75 eligible athletes.
The first five picks were: #1 Ethan Martinez (Spartans), #2) Thomas Jayes (Dragons), #3) Manuel Hernandez (Raiders), #4) Izael Alfonso (Kolts), and #5) Rodrigo Acevedo (Owls).
American Football Films documented the Draft for the first time.
“We’ve always been profoundly interested in Varsity simply because it represents the largest pool of athletes with high potential to play football in the United States”, said Andre Antonio, founder.
“We look forward to placing more and more students in US programs” he said.
The Kiwanis Varsity league starts August 7th at Balboa Stadium.
The Kiwanis Football League (KFL) is a non-profit educational activity of Club Kiwanis of Panama.
The league has provided a safe and competitive environment for youth of all ages and backgrounds for more than 40 years.
There are currently eight teams participating in the Mini category: Balboa Academy Dragons, ECP Eagles, Kiwanis Kolts, AIP Fighting Owls, Brader Raiders, La Salle Spartans, IAE Titans and the Oxford Vikings.
The Mini category is for boys with ages 10 to 12 and weight from 91 to 125 lbs.