• Dan Russoman

Hawks open new flag football season


More than 300 players participated in the first week of Hawks flag football at William T. Capella Field last week. (THG/Dan Russoman. To purchase photos in The Gazette, call (609) 704-1940.)

HAMMONTON—The Hammonton Hawks opened their second season of flag football last week at William T. Capella Field, as more than 300 young athletes participated in several games.


Players, coaches and fans were treated to a pair of special guests on the first night of action, as Philadelphia Eagles’ mascot Swoop turned out to cheer on the teams and a brand-new Hawks mascot was also celebrating with players on every field.


“We’re very excited,” Hawks president Clark Hovermale said.


“We started flag football last year, weren’t really sure what to expect, and it turned out great and the kids had a lot of fun. This year, we were stunned at the interest. To have more than 300 kids sign up is really impressive and we’re thrilled,” Hovermale said.


Eagles mascot Swoop was at last week’s season-opener. (THG/Dan Russoman. To purchase photos in The Gazette, call (609) 704-1940.)

The Hawks have partnered with NFL Flag, a USA Football-sponsored program.


“It’s exciting. I think it’s great for us. Everyone involved has been very helpful and first-class all the way. We have really nice new uniforms and just I think it’s special to be involved and connected to the NFL,” Hovermale said.


Parents and fans filled the bleachers and the sidelines at games last week, entertained by a pair of mascots and some excellent action on the field.


“I think the kids enjoyed seeing Swoop and also our own blue Hawks mascot,” Hovermale said.


Games are played every Monday and Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. at William T. Capella Field.