Group of local student-athletes headed to Texas for junior football bowl game

The group is looking forward to making the trip to Texas later this month.

Jaden Jefferson
2 min readDec 16, 2021
Jeremiah Fuller, 12, KeyAndre Wright, 14, Marvon Thompson, 14, Victor Singleton, 15, Rolandis Russell, 13, Demond McCreary, 13, Markel Watson, 13, Latroy Davis, 13, and Christian Smith, 13, pose for a photo with Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz on the 22nd floor of One Government Center. (Jaden Jefferson)

TOLEDO, Ohio — Wednesday, Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz presented jerseys to a group of local student-athletes that were selected to partake in the Bret Cooper All American Junior Academic Football Bowl, which will be held in both San Antonio and Dallas, Texas.

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The nine Toledo-area athletes were chosen out of 30,000 students in the U.S. who maintained a GPA of 2.5 or above and exhibited outstanding athletic ability. The players will be in Texas from December 27th to January 2nd to attend seminars and partake in various other activities.

Those who received a Jersey Wednesday range in age from 12 to 15. Jeremiah Fuller, KeyAndre Wright, Marvon Thompson, Victor Singleton, Rolandis Russell, Demond McCreary, Markel Watson, Latroy Davis, and Christian Smith are all Texas-bound.

The players say they’re excited to be heading outside the Glass City for this unique opportunity.

“I’m kinda looking forward to traveling outside the city, I have never really been out,” said Marvon Thompson.

“I wanna get out of my city and do something positive for my family and the people around me; make a positive impact on the city,” said Markel Watson.

But what will the student-athletes do when not on the field?

“Have a fun time, shop, most likely. That’s what I’d really like to do,” said Thompson.

As for getting the opportunity to compete in the bowl, Watson hopes to make Toledo proud.

“Have fun, practice, show off our city,” he said. “Bring the trophy home, too.”

I’ll be sure to follow the team’s journey as they embark for Texas. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter for updates.



Jaden Jefferson

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