‘The kids deserve this’

  • The Leeward Steelers Pop Warner 8U division (ages 8 and younger) is the only team in their division from the Big Island that’s undefeated and will be playing in the age group’s regional championship game in Fallbrook, California. The game is the age-group equivalent to the event in Florida. (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • A passenger waves after making a donation to the Leeward Steelers Pop Warner Football and Cheerleader teams as the youth worked to raise money to fund trips to the mainland on Friday. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • The Leeward Steelers Pop Warner Youth Cheerleading squad (ages 9 to 12) poses for a photo after the regional cheer competition in Hilo. The team won the regionals taking first place in the cheer competition and first place for most-spirited cheerleaders earning them a spot to compete in the 2022 Pop Warner Super Bowl and National Cheer & Dance Championships slated Dec. 3 to 10 in Orlando, Florida. (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • From left: Kaelynn Domingo, 9, Kaylee Paoa, 12, and Kyra Mae Keanaaina-Parent, 9, pose for a photo while raising funds needed to send nine Leeward Steelers Pop Warner Youth Cheerleaders in the Pee Wee division to the 2022 Pop Warner Super Bowl and National Cheer & Dance Championships slated Dec. 3 to 10 in Orlando, Florida. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

The Leeward Steelers Pop Warner Youth Football and Cheer teams are headed to the mainland this week to represent Kona on the big stage.