BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. - The energy is intense among the Junior Pee Wee's and the Mighty Mites you football teams in Boynton Beach.
At just 8- and 10-years-old in the "B.E.S.T." youth league, Building Elite Student-Athletes of Tomorrow.
The boys can call plays, throw and catch like the pros. Players showed off their championship rings they won at their league Super Bowl game on Nov. 9.
"We were a 4-4 team and we beat out the #1 seed, and we went to the Super Bowl and won, and they played their hearts out," said Coach Linton Black.
But just after the win came an unthinkable loss. Keiondre Waters, 8, died after suffering a serious asthma attack at home.
"Keiondre was a good player. He always did good in laps and practice," said fellow player C.J. Baxter.
Coach Reggie Caldwell says the team is handling the pain one day at a time. On Dec. 7, the boys have a chance to play for the national Super Bowl title in Tampa, in memory of Keiondre.
"They know that Keiondre is in heaven right now, and we want to go to nationals and win nationals for Keiondre," said Coach Reggie Caldwell.
They need a little financial help to get there. It will cost $7,000 to send all 48 players to Tampa.
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