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Jamaica teen gets prestigious award for excelling in sports and academics

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Photo courtesy Kylon Coombs

When Kylon Coombs found out he won the prestigious Paul Robeson Award, he felt his hard work had paid off.

The Rosedale Jets give out the award each year to a football player who has been with the organization for at least three years, and maintained an A grade average through that time, while being a leader on and off the field.

“He works really hard,” said his mother Camorine Farquarson. “He’s very dedicated to school and he’s very dedicated to football. He wants his team to win.”

Coombs, 14, played for the Jets from the pee-wee league all the way up to the group’s highest level, the 13-year-old division. He said he almost didn’t play his last season, but he decided to get back on the field, and his love for football was reignited.

When Coombs, a freshman at Thomas Edison High School, got home from school every day at 2:30 p.m., he started on his homework before the 5:30 p.m. football practice.

He said he “studied a little bit more” with hopes for the Paul Robeson Award.

“When he comes home, I don’t have to tell him to do his homework,” Farquarson said. “I have to give thanks, I’m blessed. He has manners. He’s very loving.”

Coombs also plays flag football and wants to join the track team. In addition, he has interviewed at several different schools in Queens and Brooklyn, and hopes to transfer and play football at Christ the King.

The teen is too old to return to the Jets, but has plenty of trophies to remind him of his seven-year stint with the organization. He won Defensive Player of the Year three times, and the Ironman Award three times, as well. Now, he can add the Paul Robeson Award to his collection.

“I’m sure every player at Rosedale would want that award. It’s like the greatest award and has a whole bunch of requirements,” he said. “I felt really good.”



Rosedale Jets celebrate successful football season

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The Rosedale Jets Football Organization celebrated a successful season, including three Super Bowl wins, at its annual awards dinner Sunday night.

The nine-year-old division, the “Nasty 9s,” was among the Super Bowl victors. This win, however, was not their first.

The 21-boy team won the 2012 Super Bowl game and kept the tradition alive this past 2013 season.

“Their intent was to come out here and learn, and follow through from day one to completion,” said head coach Malik Cherry. “The guys played together last year. They already had a bond, and it helped with the transition in moving up to the 9 year olds [division].”

Cherry attributes the team’s undefeated season to teamwork and enthusiasm amongst all of the players.

“When they came to practice, they understood why they were out there,” he said. “They came to practice. They were focused. They had a lot of enthusiasm. They were out there to learn.”

The Nasty 9s defeated the Hempstead Tigers in a 12-0 victory during November’s Super Bowl game which they played in “arctic” conditions. Cherry said the temperature reached 15 degrees that day.

Coaches wrapped the young kids in blankets while they were on the sidelines and utilized all players so others could have a chance to warm up.

Cherry, in his sixth year coaching, said the past season was “one of the best experiences.”

“My past experiences have been good also. The teams always play hard and put their best foot forward and give 100 percent regardless of any loss,” he said. “But to have a combination of the guys winning and playing their A game, this is definitely a good feeling.”

The Jets’ 10-year-old and 12-year-old divisions also celebrated Super Bowl victories. All three teams were given trophies and jackets at the awards dinner on Jan. 19.

“So often, we highlight when things go wrong, and I think we need to find a way to be enthusiastic when things go right,” said Jets President Jacques Leandre. “Being recognized reinforces they’re special, and can and will be successful.”

About 200 football players and cheerleaders, 45 coaches and team moms make up the Rosedale Jets organization. This year, it was recognized as the Nassau County Football League’s Organization of the Year. Officials said the 2013 season was the “best year Rosedale had in all its 52 years.”