Century Blackcats Look To Change Playbook From Football To STEM Education

October 20, 2022

As their season comes to an end, the Century Blackcats youth football program is looking to change their playbook from football to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education. It’s a super idea, according to two-time Super Bowl champion and Century native Anthony Pleasant.

“We believe that if we want to transform the lives of young people and our community, we have to bring about tangible changes. So, we seek to ensure that our young people acquire these skills,” coach Tony Robinson of the Century Blackcats said.

Wednesday night, members of the Blackcats football team and their parents got a look at computer programming from two University of West Florida students, including a quick introduction to the Python programming language that the players will have a chance to learn.

They are hoping that computer programming will be just one of the things that will keep the Blackcats engaged when the football season ends.

“This will allow them to successfully compete in the world. That’s becoming more and more technologically connected and more competitive,” Robinson said.

“You have a choice to take what you have, your abilities, and you can either put them in a hole or you can use them,” local pastor and coach Kris Chancery said during a Biblical lesson. “That’s what your reward is going to be.”

“You guys have Coach Robinson and Coach Kris. Those men are trying to pour something in you,” Pleasant told the players. “They want to see you be successful; they want to see you be productive young men.”

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Pictured top: Two-time Super Bowl champion and Century native Anthony Pleasant addresses the Century Blackcats Wednesday night. Pictured below: The team learned about STEM activities. NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.


5 Responses to “Century Blackcats Look To Change Playbook From Football To STEM Education”

  1. Mary on October 22nd, 2022 12:55 pm

    A pat on the back to these guys for their time and effort.

  2. JTV on October 21st, 2022 10:51 am

    Positive message. Thanks to all involved.

  3. Swampfox on October 20th, 2022 1:09 pm

    Absolutely great what they’re doing ! STEM should be
    Implemented all across the USA!

  4. Susan on October 20th, 2022 12:48 pm

    These gentlemen present the opportunity. Working together with Parental Involvement and support at home, great things can be achieved by these young people. So very nice to see in the community.

  5. Tawana Jones on October 20th, 2022 8:09 am

    This is exactly how you change a community. Football is a tool to develop young men and women. The key is to look beyond the competitiveness of the sport at this age. The players will grow in the sport if they are well-rounded individuals. The community of Century needed this program to help the young people in the community. The individuals in the Blackcat program are setting the tone for greatness in the area.

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