Southern Pop Warner (SPW) was founded in 1968 by Ron Eckard and was originally sponsored by the Manahawkin Elks Club. SPW prides itself on developing self esteem and team spirit for all participants; cheerleaders and players alike. Members range from 6-14 years of age and many of them continue to volunteer through high school and college.
“As a member of the Southern Rams Football and Cheer family, we expect each and everyone who participates in our program to give back,” says Southern Pop Warner President, Michael Johnson. “We have no employees, just dedicated volunteers.” Participation is open to all boys and girls living in Barnegat, Long Beach Island, Stafford Township and Waretown.
Lester Glenn Auto Group, a local car dealership with ten vehicle brands in both Toms River and Manahawkin, wanted to give back to this amazing organization. On March 31, 2012, Tom Allen, General Sales Manager of Lester Glenn Hyundai of Manahawkin presented Michael Johnson, President of SPW and Jerry Langton, SPW coach and Lester Glenn salesman, with a check for $5000. This donation will help the Youth Football league purchase a new electronic scoreboard for Doc Cramer Field in Manahawkin, where their games are played.
“Southern youth football is an outstanding program to help kids develop good sportsmanship, hard work, and integrity,” said Tom. “Lester Glenn heard that the program was in need of a new scoreboard and was happy to help our local youth sports program.” Like the Southern Pop Warner organization, Lester Glenn also prides itself on giving back to the community and providing a comfortable, family atmosphere.