12-Year-Old Scores A Touchdown With Artwork
Manchester, NH - As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, and in the case of Jonathan Young, his drawings truly tell the story of his love of football, and specifically, the Manchester Wolves.
Twelve-year-old Jonathan of Londonderry has the autograph of every Wolves player, and has honored players by drawings he has done - one of which will be on a program cover this year.
Jonathan's drawings are just one example of his devotion to the team. He had his birthday party at the Wolves' inaugural game in Manchester. He participates in football camps sponsored by the Wolves and has been in the press box with the team's owners. It's being on the floor with the players after the games that makes him the happiest, though.
"After every game, it's like the first time for him in that he gets so excited," said John Young, Jonathan's father. For the upcoming 2008 season, the team's fifth in Manchester, Young has purchased a special youth season ticket for his son that allows youth to go to all the Wolves games during the season for only $25. "I can't tell people enough how great the Wolves' games are for the money you spend and the time you have," said Young, adding that he is as much of a fan as his son and has been a season ticket holder since the team got its start in Manchester. "I think it's great for the kids and truly is a family activity we all enjoy."
Making the games exciting for youth is a focus of the Wolves. In addition to the "Cub Club" and this year's special $25 youth season ticket, the Wolves are putting pictures of youth fans on their season tickets and selecting artwork from youth for program covers. Youth also actively participate in the games through the touchdown dance promo, fling-a-football clean up and other onfield promotions.
For Jonathan, who plays football for the Londonderry Wildcats, having the players sign his drawings is good enough for now, but he has even bigger aspirations for the future. "I want to be a member of the Wolves someday," he said. For this talented football player and artist, that's probably not out of the question.
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