The Midwest BOOM football program had more than a goal of winning the IMG 7 v7 National Championship in Bradenton, Fla. They wanted to win in honor of a 4-year-old faced with leukemia.
Roman Niklos, the young son of Boom general manager J.R. Niklos, was diagnosed days before the team left for Florida.
The players used the hashtag #RomanTough throughout the weekend on social media and created #RomanTOUGH and #RomanTUFF banners.
“The way the kids played for Roman was unbelievable,” said Gus Ramos, the media director for BOOM. “They were saying they were going to bring the trophy home to him before it even started.”
BOOM beat Cam Newtown Black 20-10 in the championship game and won every game by at least 10 points. Drake Davis and Derek Kyler split time and quarterback. Greg Newsome led the team in interceptions, and Jayshon Jackson and Donny Navarro led the team in receptions.
Niklos was touched by the support he received from his own players and other members of the 7v7 community during the weekend.