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Andrew Hines

Photo by Andrew Hines The Lakewood Cougar Mamas start off their practice with blocking drills at Lakewood High School on June 15.

It's that time of the year again as the Lakewood Cougar Mamas and the Marysville Tomamamas battle it out on the gridiron for the 9th annual Powder Puff football game.

The moms of both cities are coming out once again to raise money for the young football players and cheerleaders throughout their communities participating in youth sports. The game will be held under the Friday night lights on June 30, at 7 p.m., at Quil Ceda Stadium at Marysville-Pilchuck High School..

Individual tickets will cost $5 each and family tickets will cost $10, for up to six family members.

"You never know what you can accomplish when you put these moms together. They put so much time and energy between work and family life, but they still come out here and put the hours in to raise money for the kids. Through all of this you just learn about how supportive the community is," said Lakewood Powder Puff coordinator, Lisa Wright.

Year after year the mothers of young athletes take time out of their days to help each and every child have a chance to participate in the activities that interest them. This year is no different as the Lakewood moms are aiming for $12,000 in fundraising in order to make that a reality.

Andrew Hines

Lakewood runningback Anna Boortz breaks through the tackle during the Oklahoma drill at Lakewood High School on June 15.

Last year the game drew in about 3,000 people and both sides are looking to increase that number as much as they can.

"It's for the kids. It takes a lot of commitment to be out here five days a week, and not everyone can do that. There are a lot of kids who can't afford to play, and a lot of parents that don't have the time to come out here, so I feel fortunate to be able to help them," said returning player, Anna Boortz.

"Sports bring communities together and it helps a lot of kids to develop their skills and coordination. When I look at my own son I just see how being on a team has helped him interact with his teammates and work together to win," said first year player, Milissa Simons.

If you want to contribute to the fundraiser or donate your time through volunteering you can contact Derek Wickstrom, President of LYFAA football and cheer, at


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