Tucson Turf’s Pylon Elite 7v7 Nationals title achieved Sunday in Arlington, Texas, has the team’s players and coaching still gleaming over the achievement.
Former Arizona Wildcats receiver Syndric Steptoe, who played in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns, is one of the assistant coaches for the Tucson Turf. He also is part of the coaching staff at Marana High School, which comprises more than 80 percent of the Tucson Turf’s roster.
Steptoe is also the associate director of C.A.T.S. Life Skills at his alma mater. His volunteers his time with the Tucson Turf, which is affiliated with Life Athletics, an organization for boys and girls. Life Athletics uses football to teach and build character through discipline, dedication, commitment, and respect for others.
“Our young men played great,” Steptoe said of the Tucson Turf’s 35-21 win over Midwest BOOM in the title game Sunday. “They raised their level of play this weekend to heights they didn’t even know they could reach.
“We played against some exceptional young talent and our guys played and competed with them all weekend. I’m extremely proud of these young men and what they were able to accomplish. Our organization, Life Athletics, will continue to build young men of character and compete for championships on the field.”
Steptoe is from Bryan, Texas, which is located near College Station, Texas. He was able to go back to his roots last week, taking Tucson Turf on a visit of the Texas A&M campus there.
Tucson Turf roster
The coaches are Toby Bourguet, Sean Roebuck and Steptoe. *High schools in San Diego
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