Elkhart youth flag football team honored at Indiana Statehouse

Members of the Elkhart Cowboys youth flag football team were honored at the Indiana Statehouse for their achievements in their sport this season.

Team members were honored with a House Resolution from State Representative Doug Miller from Elkhart.

In January, the Cowboys finished runner-up in the national bracket at the AFFL Youth World Championships at Walt Disney World.

That accomplishment qualified them for a sponsorship from the Indianapolis Colts for the NFL Flag Championship at the NFL Pro Bowl Game.

The team did not move past the first competition of the Pro Bowl games but referees selected quarterback Brady Barkman as a recipient of the Sportsmanship Award.

"It was a really good experience because when I was little I watched a video about when kids went to the Pro Bowl games and thought it would be so cool to do that," Barkman said. "It's a really great opportunity, especially with my team because I have a good relationship with them."

Coaches also voted wide receiver and safety Jarren Riley to the All-Tournament Team.

"I appreciate Elkhart Cowboys team members and coaches visiting the Statehouse and it was great to recognize their accomplishments, dedication to working together and drive to win," Miller said. "These young kids from our community played with a lot of heart all season and are developing important skills they can use on and off the field. I wish them continued success in all they do." 

The Elkhart Cowboys is comprised of eight team members under the age of 10 and are led by head coach David Garcia and assistant coach Nick Haggart.

The team plays in Elkhart's Concord NFL FLAG league.

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