City's First-Ever Modified Football

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September 18, 2014                                  Chip Partner, Rochester City School District
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Scrimmages at Franklin Campus Mark Return of Football to Monroe
Nearly 200 student-athletes playing for modified football teams at James Monroe, East, Joseph C. Wilson, and Franklin Campus high schools (Vanguard, World of Inquiry, Integrated Arts and Technology)
Tony Jordan, East High graduate, former NFL player, and founder of the Tony Jordan Youth Sports Foundation
Superintendent Bolgen Vargas, Ed.D
District families and staff

Football season opens for new City modified teams

Thursday, September 18, 2014 – 4:30 p.m. 
Franklin Campus
950 Norton Street
Rochester, NY 14621

Today marks the official beginning of four new Modified Football Programs for seventh- and eighth-grade students in the Rochester City School District. Previously, the District has offered varsity and junior-varsity teams for students in grades 9 through 12.

The modified program is divided into four teams – Monroe, East, Franklin, and Wilson – comprised of students from those schools and nearby schools serving seventh- and eighth-grade students. These modified scrimmages mark the official return of football to Monroe High School, a former powerhouse which has not had a football team in decades.

The goal is to create a sustained football program with modified teams supporting four or more strong JV and Varsity teams. The number of District students participating in football has increased 59 percent in four years, from fewer than 300 participants in
2011-2012 to nearly 470 this season. Overall, the District has added more than 60 new sports programs since 2012-1013.

During this inaugural season, the four teams will compete against each other and some modified teams from Monroe County, with the intent to add more teams from the surrounding area to the schedule next year. Both scrimmages today will be held at the Franklin Campus at 4:30 pm. Tony Jordan will offer opening remarks to the student athletes.