The 2017 Boys & Girls Clubs Alaska football season wrapped up on Saturday with three championship games. Fans from the greater Anchorage area packed out Anchorage Football Stadium to witness the finals of what marked the 51st season Boys & Girls Clubs Alaska have offered the program to local children.

"Kids need to be active, and healthy, and learn all the good lessons sportsmanship teaches them," said Jennifer Brown, Director, Development and Communications. 

"Kids who participate in sports tend to do better in school, tend to live healthier lifestyles and that is what Boys & Girls Clubs is all about."

The football program serves boys and girls in three different age divisions. The U-10 division saw Dimond come back to defeat Bartlett 14-8. East defeated Bartlett in the U-12 division, 26-14 the final score. And Bartlett was crowned U-14 division champion, topping East 34-12.

Also of note, Boys & Girls Clubs Alaska has implemented USA Football's "Head Up Football" program for last last five seasons. "Heads Up Football" helps youth receive a positive experience by educating coaches on how to teach athletes to protect themselves, with a focus on concussion awareness and "Heads Up" tackling techniques.