Mattoon Junior Football Field
Located at 6th & Shelby Ave., this is home to the Mattoon Breakers. Junior Football is for grades 5th thru 8th. Flag football on Tuesdays is also available for 3rd & 4th Grades.
The Mattoon Junior Football was organized in the 1960s. In 2003 MJFL began the construction of its complex. 2004 was the opening year for the building which houses a press box, concession, and restrooms. MJFL has continued to make improvements to the complex by adding lighting, a viewing platform, bleachers, sunshades, a sound system, flag poles, fencing, landscaped sign, and a storage building.
JFL hosts a summer Football camp by EIU Panther starting cornerback & safety Ray McElroy, who in 1995 went NFL Pro Football with the Indianapolis Colts for 4 years and then on to the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions. Ray is currently the Chaplain for the Chicago Bears.
Rotating cities, at the beginning of the season a JFL holds the annual Jamboree where several teams come together to scrimmage with the offense going for 10 – 15 minutes followed by the defense. This allows the players used to a game situation and to let the coaching staff try players in positions and view their progress. Cities will have one team from each grade 5th thru 8th and each team there plays during the day on 4 different 40-yard fields. This event usually runs from 10 am to 3:30 pm.
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