How Football Has Positively Impacted our Family

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Our family has exciting energy when summer turns into football season. My son calls my husband, and they begin to map out the fall season by noting on the calendar when the training camps start and what games they can attend.   The family chat starts buzzing with plans for who can attend which practice or game. Oh, and we include taking the grandbabies to a family fun day. Football is a family affair. 

Family at football game
Celebrating husband’s 60th birthday at his favorite place!

My Personal Love of the Game

Every weekend growing up, football was the sound heard on the television. My dad had season tickets to the Dolphins and Canes football games. My love for the game started at a young age. As a child, I would go to the games with him and he would teach me everything from what was a “first down” to why there were “special teams.” When I look back on those experiences, I have the fondest memories of football creating a bond between my dad and me. 

From my childhood family to my married life, football has played a big part. I married an athlete who played football from elementary school to college. After college, he became a high school football coach. I watched as he not only coached the young men but he built relationships with them. For many who did not have father figures in their life, he was like a dad. They would call him for advice and stop by our house to hang out off the field. All of this because oof the game of football. My husband would say it was not about building a great team but creating great men for the future. Football was the sport where the lessons learned on the field lasted much longer than those few Friday nights under the lights.

When our Kids Joined the Team

My son started playing football when he was only three years old. He was a very active toddler, and they had a flag football team for his age. We signed him up, and he continued to play until college. We spent our Saturdays at the football field as our son moved from playing flag to tackle. Our daughter cheered her brother on as a cheerleader for the team. In her high school years, she cheered competitively. We made so many great friendships in the community because of those experiences. Some of those people are still in our lives. My son’s wife also played flag football for her high school. She played cornerback and running back. 

Girl playing Flag football
Our daughter-in-law played Flag Football in High School.

Passing on the Love of the Game

Now it is time to pass the love on to the next generation, my grandkids. 

Coach and his grandkids
Grandbabies are watching Papa coach a football game!

Football has been such a positive factor in our family as it built connections that have lasted a lifetime. My father has passed on, but his love for the game is still alive in his grandchildren. My daughter is looking for a team for my grandson, and soon we will spend time together as a family cheering him on. Football has been and will always be: a family affair. Whether football is something they play for a season or longer, the life skills, team play, and relationships live on much longer than game time. Football is the sport that has impacted our family and their futures!

Visit to find a league near you and for other helpful resources. I love the resource section, which helps with information about equipment, tips for better play, and even finding a league in your area. A league finder would have been excellent back when my kids were young, as we drove around looking for places to play.

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Holly Farver
Holly has built her life around the value of family first. She is a native of Miami and has lived between Hialeah and Cooper City over the years. She is happily married to her husband of 36 years. They have two adult children that are both married with a child each. Pouring into the next generation is a passion she and her husband share as they both work in local public schools. Entering the season of being a Mimi has been exciting and she loves the giggles of toddler grandchildren. Holly’s faith is very important to her and she enjoys serving her community through the local ministries led by her children. Holly also loves music, reading, traveling and sweet tea. Her heart is to share with other mom’s that the role of motherhood can be hard, but she is living proof of the great rewards to come. You are welcome to follow along her journey of faith and family @hollefarv on Instagram.


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