With the economy still sagging, many youth sports organizations are feeling the pinch. The result is depleted numbers and a cutback in services for many organizations.
However, despite the downturn, the Burbank Vikings Youth Tackle Football program is going strong. In fact, this season the Vikings will have more than 300 players and cheerleaders taking part in the program and will field 10 football teams — tied for the most ever.
Last season, about 250 girls and boys participated in the Vikings.
"The kids came out in full force as far as signups are concerned, and we're very happy about that," said Craig Hunter, who took over as president of the Vikings. "All of our coaching staffs are in place as well, and we have a lot of coaches who have returned this year.
"Even with the economy like it is, our turnout was is as strong as ever. We filled up our teams pretty quickly, and we even have kids still coming in…It's a fun program."