barbara-jordan_web.jpgOPA-LOCKA – The Opa-locka Panthers shut out the Lake Stevens Cardinals 14-0  in the 2012 Jordan Bowl Oct. 6 at Ingram Park in Opa-locka hosted by Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan.

The annual Pee Wee Division gridiron match between the two Optimist clubs is now in its sixth year.

“Optimist clubs provide a safe haven for kids interested in sporting activities,” Jordan said in a statement. “It is important to preserve programs such as these that promote teamwork and sportsmanship.”

For their efforts, each team received a check for $500 to help underwrite costs for their football programs.

“With collegiate and professional football dominating the television airwaves, I am thankful that fans took a moment to attend this gridiron battle that featured future hall-of-famers,” Jordan said.

“While most of these boys will go on to play in high school, college and possibly professionally, the support from their communities, while they are young, is extremely important. We need to demonstrate that we care about them on and off of the football field,” she said.

The 2012 Jordan Bowl was co-sponsored by Sun Life Stadium.