Future For Football: A Conversation Between a Mother & Son

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Last Wednesday evening, Miami Mom Collective Contributor Illiett Ojeda and her son, Kash, hosted a FB Live to talk about how football has had a positive impact on their relationship and what football means to their family.

MMC Contributor Illiet Ojeda and her son, Kash after a football game

During their candid conversation, Illiett and Kash talked about a variety of topics–including starting with flag v. tackle, girls playing football, and the tight-knit community of local football families. While I’d heard that girls could play flag football competitively, I had no idea that there are now scholarships for women to play flag football at the collegiate level! As a football mom, with a daughter in a flag football league, Illiett shared some insightful perspectives on inclusion and how empowering it is for females to have opportunities to engage in high-level competition.

A football player runs with the ball during a play

Q+A

In addition to sharing their thoughts, Illiett and Kash also invited viewers to submit questions for an informal Q+A segment. Some of the questions they answered from the audience were:

How early can kids start playing football?
What makes being a football-playing family special compared to other sports?
Kash, how do you encourage your sister?
Are the teams co-ed?
Kash, how would you try to inspire an almost 5-year-old to play football?

…and quite a few more! Grab your kids and check out the recorded FB Live below.

 

Are you a football family? At what age did our kid(s) start playing? How has football positively impacted your family and/or relationship with your kids? Share your personal experience with us in the comments!

Future For Football

The future of football is bright. Future For Football is sponsored by the National Football Foundation and is committed to the good of the game. Visit FutureForFootball.com to find a league near you and for other helpful resources. Follow them on Instagram and Facebook for more inspirational stories!

ICYMI, here’s a post from another local mom (and grandmother!) about the many ways football continues to have a positive impact on their family.

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Lynda Lantz is originally from Côte d'Ivoire, where she lived until the age of 7 when her family moved to Northern VA. She graduated with a degree in music from George Mason University and went on to work with Cru at four universities in Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Florida. She was living in PA when she met her husband, Steve, on eHarmony and moved to Miami in 2011 just a few days after their wedding. Shortly before becoming SAHM, she was employed as an adoption caseworker and worked part-time with Cru at UM, and later Johnson & Wales University. Since then, she's been heavily involved in BSF and MOPS , which allow her to build relationships, pursue personal growth and develop leadership skills. She loves working with Miami Mom Collective and introducing people to this city she's come to call home, where she lives with her husband and two children. Connect with Lynda @mybalantzedlife on Instagram.

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