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24th Annual Soul Bowl takes over Maritime Park
ESCAMBIA COUNTY -- It's the longest running youth football tournament on the gulf coast -- and it took over Maritime Park Today.
The 24th Annual Soul Bowl -- where the Pensacola Tigers battle it out against the A&G Rattlers.
For three generations the Soul Bowl has been an annual fall tradition in Pensacola for Tigers and Rattler fans alike, and once again, maritime park has kept that tradition alive.
As these mighty mite football players storm the field at Maritime Park.
Their home turfs... Legion and McGhee fields sit empty.
Derrick Whitehurst, parent said, "This is perfect for our kids, to see something different so this is a good job for the city of Pensacola to bring our kids down here.
For another year, the soul bowl has taken over maritime park. This time, the theme was unity. In the wake of recent violence that's plagued Escambia County.
Blue Wahoos Owner Quint Studer said, "Right now we have too much crime in our community so there's messages throughout the day that says let's stop the crime and stop the killing in our community."
Escambia Co. Commissioner Lumon May said, "Our theme is simply this, safety and not silence, and we want our neighborhoods to be safe and we don't want people to be silent about things going on in their neighborhood.
Kim Knight, parent said, "Our community has come together as one to stop the violence so it's good to see everybody having a good time.
Maritime Park was more than the battleground for a longtime rivalry.
The soul bowl also helped raise money for the communities these kids live and play. And show appreciation to those who give back each and every week.
Studer said, "Just grateful for these role models, coaches and cheer leading advisers because good adult role models are vital for all our youth in our community.