Football jamboree: Making tackles to raise money

Anoka-Ramsey Athletic Association hosted more than 34 youth football teams in a football jamboree at Central Park in Ramsey Aug. 24.

Members of the Anoka-Ramsey Athletic Association’s seventh-grade Njos team wrap-up an Osseo ball-carrier during the annual football jamboree at Central Park in Ramsey, Aug. 24.Photos by Jason Olson ARAA's seventh grade Njos team defense moves into position to contain the Osseo offense at Central Park in Ramsey. Photo by Jason Olson A member of the ARAA's eighth-grade team scrambles toward the sideline to avoid would-be Elk River tacklers Aug. 24. Photo by Jason Olson The ARAA's eight-grade offense pitches the ball against Elk River during the ARAA's football jamboree at Central Park in Ramsey, Aug. 24. Photo by Jason Olson The ARAA's eight-grade offense pitches the ball against Elk River during the ARAA's football jamboree at Central Park in Ramsey, Aug. 24. Photo by Jason Olson
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Members of the Anoka-Ramsey Athletic Association’s seventh-grade Njos team wrap-up an Osseo ball-carrier during the annual football jamboree at Central Park in Ramsey, Aug. 24.Photos by Jason Olson

The event included players from second- through eighth-grade taking part. More than $3,000 was raised for the Dylan Wiitschen Foundation through concessions sales.

Instead of a registration fee, teams were asked to bring non-perishable food to benefit Hope 4 Youth, which serves homeless youth in Anoka County through housing, outreach, prevention and education. The top donating team received a pizza party courtesy of Papa Murphy’s. More than 1,200 pounds of food was donated.

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