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The Kings County Chiefs Youth Football Club Inc. will begin taping their weekly television show this week. The show's format will be typical to a sports show, a la ESPN Sportscenter or Yankees Magazine, but with one exception…the show will be hosted by anchor, Daniella and correspondent, Alexandrea, both youth from the New York City area.

Tomahawk Talk will feature multiple segments, interviews and highlights from both games as well as team practices. As a part of this same production, the Chiefs home games will be airing, complete with color commentary as “special presentations”. Tomahawk Talk will show only positive content and will display the good that youth football serves and the impact that it has on our communities and our children.

Tomahawk Talk will showcase weekly segments with celebrity fitness trainer Mark Jenkins, community leaders and even cooking segments.

Each week the show will feature 2-3 players in their football activities and their lives away from the gridiron. Weekly pregame, post game and interviews from practices with Chiefs players, coaches and opposing coaches will provide entertaining content over the duration of the 30-minute show.

The show will also expose the youth of the Chiefs organization to the technology of broadcast media as they will regularly visit the BRIC studios in downtown Brooklyn.

Tomahawk Talk: The Kings County Chiefs Weekly will air this summer, beginning in July, with facilities and equipment donated by BRIC and the Brooklyn Free Speech media program. It will air on Brooklyn Cable Access Television, as well as on a number of cable access systems throughout the New York City area.

This show is rated G and appropriate for all audiences



September 19, 2015, Brooklyn, NY -  Kings County Chiefs honor the memory of fallen mother, Toni Ann Jackson with a 26-6 victory over the Brooklyn Pitbulls.

The Chiefs offense and defense hit on on all cylinders as quarterback, Jaiden was 11 of 14 for 182 yards with 2 touchdowns passing and rushed for 48 yards with a touchdown. Wide receiver, Sammy, hauled in 4 catches for 94 yards with 2 touchdowns. while Running back, Leon added 4 carries for 99 yards with 1 touchdown.

On the defensive side, defensive end, Artie, contributed 6 tackles and 1 sack. In a day honoring his mother, Faheem "Junior" contributed 4 tackles and linebacker, Zenobi added 3 tackles to the Chiefs victory.

Toni Ann Jackson mother of Linebacker Faheem Clark passes while working for NYHA

Brooklyn, NY - March 7, 2015 - Mother, Toni Ann Jackson passed away as the result of an accident in the early afternoon on Saturday while working for the New York City Housing Authority. Toni was just 31 years old and was the beloved mother of Kings County Chiefs linebacker, Faheem "Junior" Clark.

Coaches and parents alike we sorely miss Toni's cheers and words of encouragement from the Chiefs sideline, dressed in her team jersey. "She was truly the kids' and our biggest fan. This is the most heartbreaking thing I have ever experienced as a coach," remarked head coach, Flash Russo.  Toni's last text message to the team read, "I can't wait til the season starts!!! Gotta get another jersey!" That was the Toni the team knew and loved.

The young mother is survived by her two young children, Faheem Clark and Raquayya Towler of Brooklyn, NY. Memorial services have not been scheduled at this time. The Chiefs will wear Toni's initials on the back of their helmets for the 2015 season.

(Tribute video on home page)

Kings County Steelers Change Name to Kings County Chiefs

Same mission, same team, different name

September 26, 2015 - Brooklyn, NY - The Kings County Chiefs Youth Football Club shocked the New York City youth football community with a dramatic 38-18 comeback win over the historic Brooklyn Skyhawks at home this past Saturday. After going in at halftime down 18-12, the Chiefs turned it on scoring 26 unanswered points against the tough Skyhawks team.

On the offensive side of the ball, the Chiefs comeback was led by running back, Leon, who contributed a whopping 9 carries for 152 yards with 3 touchdowns. His effort was closely followed by starting quarterback, Jaiden, who recorded 11 carries for 133 yards and 2 touchdowns before leaving the game with an injury. Backup quarterback, Artie entered the game in the 3rd quarter and his calm and cool demeanor led the team seamlessly down the field, on three scoring drives. Artie added a couple of 2-point conversions to seal the deal. Wide receiver, Sammy led receivers with 3 receptions for 38 yards.

Defensively, the Chiefs were stellar. Defensive tackle, Carmine, anchored the defense and led all with 12 tackles and a fumble recovery. Chiefs linebacker, Zenobi, recorded 10 tackles, while Josiah and Sammy contributed 7 tackles each. Sammy and Leon both added 1 sack.

The Chiefs are on the road against the Bronx Knights next week and hope to continue their winning ways, as the head to the Bronx with a 2-0 record.

Brooklyn, NY - January 2, 2015 - The Kings County Steelers Youth Football Club Inc. will enter the 2015 season as the Kings County Chiefs Youth Football Club Inc. On December 31, 2014, the organization officially announced their name change in a public press statement by its President, Flash Russo. The Kings County Chiefs Youth Football Club Inc. will continue its PLAY NYC Initiative, which allows New York City youth to play elite-level, travel league football at no cost, irrespective of their economic status.

A Chiefs spokesman stated that the name change from the Steelers to the Chiefs is the result of a number of factors. One major reason being that the Steelers name was actually inherited, not chosen. Parent Liaison, Luvinia Monge stated, “It didn’t really seem sensible to remain the Steelers. We have strong ties to the Chiefs name. Our Head Coach spent time with the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs and his stepfather was a Chiefs player that is now in the NFL Hall of Fame.” In addition, the Kansas City Chiefs have committed to helping the organization. Also, CEO Charles Phillips and his corporation, INFOR, the organization’s corporate sponsor, also have a red and white logo that will adorn the organization’s jerseys.

The Kings County Chiefs Youth Football Club 2015 uniforms will be modeled after the Kansas City Chiefs home uniform (pictured above).

Artie Acevedo Wins 2014 MVP And Big Buck Awards

Rookie makes grand impact in first season


Artie and Jaiden combine for 3 touchdowns

The Chiefs Kingdom traveled to the Bronx on Sunday as the Kings County Chiefs overcame one of their toughest challenges thus far this season facing the undefeated Bronx Knights. The Chiefs offensive line of Carmine, Carmelo, Thomas, Zenobi, Ian, Justin and Kevin were stellar, however the Chiefs had fallen behind 8-0 in the first half before quarterback, Jaiden, tied the game with a 15-yard scamper into the endzone making the score 8-6 in favor of the Bronx Knights. The Chiefs trailed at halftime.

As the second half began, the Chiefs came out tough as their defense held the Knights scoreless for the rest of the game. Carmine led all tacklers with 12 tackles and 3 sacks. Zenobi and Nyaire both recorded 7 tackles as well. After a couple of big runs by running back, Leon, the Chiefs took the lead in dramatic fashion as wide receiver, Artie, made a spectacular catch in the corner of the endzone a la Odell Beckham Jr. The defense tightened its grasp even more when free safety, Jaiden, intercepted a pass and went 45-yards for the touchdown making the final score Chiefs 22 – Bronx Knights 8 and keeping the Chiefs undefeated record in tact. Chiefs head coach, Flash, commented, “We face some very formidable challenges over the rest of the season and it will take a strong effort to maintain our position in the standings in this tough league. The season gets tougher not easier.”

GAME BALL: Artie, Jaiden, the Offensive Line

Brooklyn, NY - December 15, 2014 - Over the 2014 season, defensive end / wide receiver Artie Acevedo made opposing teams change their schemes to attempt to contain him. Double-teamed on offense and defense, Acevedo always found a way to produce, leading the team and the league in sacks, tackles and receiving. Scouring the field for his jersey number became a common pregame ritual for opposing coaches looking to find a way to keep him from disrupting their offense and dominating their secondary.

Acevedo provided, not only, production but leadership, focus and heart to his team as they battled their way to the NYCYFL Holiday Bowl. In his first Bowl appearance, his magic continued with a diving catch that even garnered the praise of the Head Referee, who simply remarked the words “Wow” four times after Acevedo went horizontal and made a diving, over-the-shoulder reception for a first down.

Acevedo’s performance earned him the team’s most coveted and highest honors, the Most Valuable Player Award and the Big Buck Award. The MVP award being self-explanatory and the Big Buck Award being presented to the team’s most dominant defensive player and in memory of Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame Defensive Tackle, Buck Buchanan. The awards were based on ballots voted on by coaches, players and the parents. Acevedo gave an eloquent speech and was humbled by his awards.


Jaylen and Na'eem record career firsts

Brooklyn, NY - October 10, 2014 - The Kings County Chiefs had their way with the Queens Falcons at home on Saturday as running back, Leon had 9 carries for 114 yards and 2 touchdowns. Leon has had over 100 yards in each game this season and leads all rushers. Quarterback, Jaiden, also contributed on the ground running for 59 yards on 4 carries with 2 touchdowns. Wide receiver, Na'eem recorded his first career touchdown reception on a 41-yard pass from Jaiden. Na'eem had 2 catches for 52 yards.

The Chiefs defense opened up with a dramatic goaline stand after a long run by the Falcons. The defense was led by defensive tackle, Josiah with 11 tackles and followed closely by outside linebacker, Artie who recorded 9 tackles. Linebacker, Zenobi and defensive end, Carmine both added 7 tackles each. Defensive back, Jaylen recovered the first fumble of his young career to end the game and seal the Chiefs victory. The final score was 32-8 and the Chiefs remain undefeated along with their rivals, the Brooklyn Panthers. The teo faceoff this Saturday, October 17, 2015 at high noon. Will the Chiefs hunt the Panthers or be clawed? Chiefs Kingdom will be there in full force.

GAME BALL: Jaylen, Na'eem, Offensive Line

Saundra Thomas Presents Rookie of the Year

Community Leader Presents Jayda Garcia with Rookie Honors


Chiefs Offensive Line Shines As Running Back, Leon, Records His 5th 100-yard Game

Brooklyn, NY - October 17, 2015 - The Kings County Chiefs traveled to Gershwin Park, home of the undefeated and first place Brooklyn Panthers today with hopes of taking sole possession of first place. A loss for the Chiefs would have thrust them into 3rd or 4th place in the league based on points.

The Chiefs came out swinging as they recovered the opening kickoff and drove down the field behind their dominant offensive line and on the legs of running back, Leon who scored one of his two touchdowns on the first drive. Leon ended the game with 10 carries for 122 yards. He has had at least 100 yards in every game this season, setting the organization record for a single season. Quarterback, Jaiden was poised and completed 7 of 9 of his passes for 155 yards with 2 touchdowns.

Wide reciever, Na'eem broke out, as he recorded 4 catches for 77 yards with 1 touchdown. After a couple of bad games recieving, the game marked the return of the hands of wide receiver, Sammy, as he recorded 3 catches for 55 yards and a touchdown. Wide reciever, Artie had 2 catches for 23 yards. Na'eem and Sammy showed a flare for the spectacular, as they made some leaping catches over defenders. Jaiden also had 60-yard punt return for a touchdown.

The Chiefs defense was exceptionally aggressive and held the Panthers at bay the entire game. The entire defense stepped up. At linebacker, Artie, Zenobi, Tah-Miek and Jayda all contributed multiple tackles, while defensive ends, Sammy and Carmine brought heavy pressure to the Panthers backfield racking up another impressive number of tackles. Defensive linemen, Carmelo and Ian stuffed the middle and allowed nowhere for the Panthers to run.

In the end, the Chiefs prevailed by a score of 36-8 over the Panthers, taking over sole possession of first place in the league with 2 games remaining in the regular season. The Chiefs are home against the Bayside Raiders next week and hope to continue their winning ways.

GAME BALL: Offensive Line, Leon, Na'eem

Dyker Beach Golf Club, Brooklyn, NY - December 15, 2014 - Community Leader and Director of Community Relations for ABC7, Saundra Thomas attended the Kings County Awards Gala and made a very special award presentation. Thomas, a youth athlete herself, presented the team’s Rookie Of The Year award to the team’s only female member, Jayda Garcia.

Jayda Garcia arrived to the team midway through the season but made an immediate impact running for a 38-yard touchdown in her first game against the LynVets. From that point forward, Garcia made her presence felt earning a starting spot at running back, wide receiver and cornerback and ultimately being voted Rookie of the Year for her efforts. Garcia was taken by surprise when Saundra Thomas announced her name.

Thomas was moved to remark that it was “an honor and privilege to present Jayda Garcia” with the award and went on to comment about the stigma of females in sports that Thomas, herself, experienced. Thomas was also presented with an appreciation award by the team for her behind-the-scenes efforts.


Chiefs Offense Explodes For Highest Point Output Of Season

October 27, 2015 – Brooklyn, NY – The Kings County Chiefs faced the Bayside Raiders on Sunday at home and racked up their sixth win, amassing 57 points and holding the Raiders scoreless. The Chiefs remain unbeaten in the 2015 season. The Chiefs offense fired on all cylinders, as the offensive line of Carmine, Zenobi, Carmelo, Thomas, Ian and Justin were dominant. Running back, Leon continued his unbelievable season running for 100 yards on 9 carries with 3 touchdowns. He has had at least 100 yards in every game so far this season and has set a new team record.

Quarterback, Jaiden completed 5 of 6 attempts for 149 yards, passing for 1 touchdown and rushing for 27 yards on 4 carries with 1 touchdown. Wide receiver, Na'eem led the Chiefs receivers with 4 catches for 119 yards with 1 touchdown, while fullback, Flash scored his first touchdown on run up the middle.

The Chiefs defense and special teams were relentless. On Defense the Chiefs forced 3 turnovers with fumble recoveries by defensive end, Carmine and linebacker, Artie. Safety, Jaiden returned an interception for a 50-yard touchdown. Chiefs special teamer, Tah-Meik recovered a fumble on a kickoff leading to another Chiefs touchdown.

Defensive end, Carmine and linebacker, Zenobi led all tacklers with 8 tackles, followed closely by linebacker, Artie with 6 tackles. Safety, Jaiden added 5 tackles and linebacker, Tah-Meik added 4 tackles in the victory. Defensive end, Sammy added the only sack of the game. The Chiefs reserves came in and made an impact as cornerback, Elias made a great one-on-one tackle in the open field on a Raiders running back and rookie cornerback, Jaylen Newby had a strong showing gaining the confidence of the coaching staff.

The Chiefs will be on the road next Saturday with hopes of remaining undefeated against the Kings Bay Bengals for the final game of the regular season before heading into the 2015 playoffs.

GAME BALL: Offensive line, Jaiden, Na'eem, Leon, Carmine, Flash

October 31, 2015 – Brooklyn, NY – The Chiefs struggled early in the game but, in true Chiefs fashion, pulled ahead in the 2nd half on their way to a 24-6 defeat of the Kings Bay Bengals. The victory was the final game of the Chiefs undefeated regular season. The Chiefs have secured home field throughout the playoffs.

Chiefs history was made Saturday as running back, Leon, becomes the first Chiefs running back to rush for over 100-yards in every game in the regular season. Leon had 13 carries for 136 yards with 1 touchdown. Leon found a way to make plays as he scurried to the record. Leon thanked the offensive line for their major role in setting the record.

With starting quarterback, Jaiden, out for the game, the Chiefs were led by backup quarterback, Artie, who had 4-yard and 1-yard touchdown runs. Artie finished the game with 6 carries for 25 yards. Chiefs wide receiver, Sammy, dashed 55-yards for a touchdown and had the only reception of the day and also forced a fumble on defense.

The Chiefs defense shut down the Bengals offense as defensive end, Carmine, had another monster performance anchoring the defense with 8 total tackles. Linebacker, Zenobi, was a force in the middle adding 6 total tackles of his own. Outside linebackers, Qaisiem and Tah-Meik and defensive tackle, Ian, also contributed 4 tackles each.

The Chiefs have secured home field throughout the playoffs and now prepare for their rivals, the Brooklyn Panthers for their showdown this Saturday at home.


The Chiefs finish the regular season undefeated beating Kings Bay Bengals 24-6


November 14, 2015 - Brooklyn, NY – The Kings County Chiefs defeated the Kings Bay Bengals 38-12 to move forward in the postseason. The Chiefs cruised to a 12-0 lead on the arm of starting quarterback, Jaiden and the hands of his receivers, Sammy and Artie. Although, Jaiden only completed 5 of his 10 passes, 3 of his 5 completions resulted in touchdowns. Jaiden also rushed for 57 yards. Wide receiver, Sammy led all receivers with 3 catches for 54 yards. All three of his catches were touchdowns, with one being a spectacular catch in the midst of triple-coverage. Artie followed closely with 1 catch for 44 yards.

Running back, Leon attacked the Bengals run defense amassing 129 yards on 11 carries and 3 touchdowns. This is yet another 100-yard performance by Leon this season. Wide receiver, Na'eem added on 45-yard touchdown run on an electrifying reverse around the edge.

The Chiefs defense was more than stellar, led by defensive end, Carmine who recorded 10 tackles and 4 sacks. The Chiefs defense caused havoc for the Bengals offense as defensive end, Artie added 7 tackles and 1 sack and was a constant in the Bengals backfield. Carmine also caused a fumble recovered by cornerback, Carlo, also delivered a massive attention-grabbing hit on a kick return by the Bengals. Carlo and Artie both had fumble recoveries for the Chiefs. Defensive end, Omar and linebacker, Qaisiem, both added 4 tackles each in the Chiefs dominant victory.

The Chiefs head into the semi-finals against the Queens Falcons next weekend with the winner advancing to the league Super Bowl on December 5th.


Bengals fall 38-12 to undefeated Chiefs


The Chiefs finish the season undefeated with a 36-20 Super Bowl victory over the Panthers

December 6, 2015 - Brooklyn, NY - The Chiefs arrived to the 2015 Super Bowl steely-eyed and focused. The team walked onto the field at Poly Prep High School hand-in-hand as they prepared to take the field against the Brooklyn Panthers for the 2015 Super Bowl. The Chiefs came into the game with an undefeated record and as the 1 seed in the playoffs, making them the home team. The roar of the Chiefs Kingdom faithful made Poly Prep feel like the home of the Chiefs as they erupted when their team took the field to their signature “Tomahawk Chop” team song by Roy Scott.

The Chiefs won the toss and the game was underway. The Chiefs deferred the kickoff and chose to begin on defense. The Chiefs defense set the tone and the Panthers quickly turned the ball over on downs. The Chiefs offense, led by starting quarterback, Jaiden, quickly reminded the stadium why they were the highest scoring team in the league when Jaiden launched a 25-yard bomb into the endzone where Chiefs wide receiver, Sammy elevated over two Panthers defenders making a spectacular catch and falling into the endzone. Although video footage showed that Sammy was 2-yards deep in the endzone, game referees ruled that he was down at the 1-yard line. The crowd erupted in disbelief. On the next play, Jaiden walked into the endzone on a quarterback sneak, making the score 8-0 Chiefs, after the extra point conversion. Sammy would go on to have a career day and capture Super Bowl MVP honors with 5 catches for 188 yards and being responsible for 3 touchdowns.

The Chiefs defense stopped the Panthers again after a devastating sack by defensive end, Artie. The Chiefs defense was led by defensive end, Carmine and defensive tackle, Josiah as they attacked the Panthers offense relentlessly and giving the Chiefs great field position repeatedly. The Chiefs defense was anchored by defensive end, Carmine who recorded 8 tackles and 2 sacks.  Defensive tackle, Josiah was ferocious as he added 9 tackles and 1 sack. Linebacker, Zenobi had 6 tackles as free safety, Jaiden contributed 5 tackles of his own. Defensive end, Artie recorded 4 tackles and 1 sack as defensive tackle, Carmelo and linebacker, Sammy both had 4 tackles.

The Chiefs offense drove down the field. A 12-yard catch by wide receiver, Na'eem, set-up a touchdown run by Jaiden making the score 14-0, Chiefs. Just when the crowd thought this was going to be another Chiefs blowout, the Panthers answered driving down the field for a touchdown and making the score 14-8 Chiefs. The Chiefs drove down the field, making a bid for a score with a long reception to wide receiver, Sammy but the clock ran out on the drive and the teams went in at halftime, Chiefs 14 and the Panthers 8.

The Chiefs received the ball after halftime and on their first play from scrimmage, Sammy took a pass from Jaiden 70 yards for the touchdown. The Chiefs would go on to outscore the Panthers 22-12 in the 2nd half, topped off by a 69-yard touchdown run by running back, Leon, who had been relatively quiet. Leon finished the game with 9 carries for 110 yards and 2 touchdowns. At quarterback, Jaiden finished the game completing 7 of 15 of his passes for 204 yards with 2 touchdowns and 1 interception and rushing for 52 yards on 9 carries with 2 touchdowns. With the score 36-20 Chiefs, the game was sealed when Chiefs linebacker, Tah-Meik forced the Panthers quarterback to fumble and it was recovered by outside linebacker, Nyaire. The Chiefs would run out the clock and secure the Super Bowl victory over the Panthers, completing the Chiefs perfect, undefeated season at 11 wins with no losses.


Chiefs Down Falcons 20-6 To Advance To Super Bowl

November 21, 2015 - Brooklyn, NY – The Kings County Chiefs did it again. The team that has proven to be one of the best second half teams in youth football did not disappoint. The defense led the charge holding the Queens Falcons on numerous drives with the Falcons only score coming as a result of the Falcons running back fumbling into the endzone and the ball being recovered by the Falcons, making the score 6-0. That would be their only score of the game. The Chiefs defense locked the doors to the endzone led by inside linebacker, Zenobi, who led the defense with an astounding 11 tackles. Defensive end, Carmine, and defensive tackle, Omar, both contributed 9 tackles each followed closely by defensive end, Artie with 8 tackles. The Chiefs defense caused 2 turnovers, fumbles recovered by Carmine and Sammy.

In a hard-fought game, the Chiefs offense was held scoreless in the first half but woke up in the 2nd half scoring 20 unanswered points. Chiefs quarterback, Jaiden rushed for 117 yards on 8 carries with 3 touchdowns and threw for an additional 62 yards. Wide receiver, Na'eem, led all receivers with 3 catches for 42 yards. Sammy also hauled in a big 20-yard catch to put the Chiefs in scoring position.  

When the final whistle sounded the Chiefs were the victors by a score of 20-6 over the Queens Falcons. The Chiefs finish with an unblemished record and are undefeated at 10 wins going into the Super Bowl on December 6th against the rival Brooklyn Panthers.


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