Saturday, August 1st, 2009, marked an historic day for youth football in Colorado when the Broncos welcomed a first-ever international youth team — the Panama Marlins – to Broncos Bowl. The Marlins kicked off the day with a hard fought win against the Denver Broncos Boys & Girls Club.
The day advanced under bright Colorado sunshine with five more games: Wheat Ridge Crushers vs. Broomfield Youth Football Spartans; Legacy Lightning vs. Green Valley Giants; Colorado Springs Boys & Girls Club Vikings vs. City of Fort Collins; Arapahoe Youth League Warriors Red vs. Aurora Crush; and Denver Public Schools Futures North Vikings vs. Pueblo Shamrocks.
Every player that day experienced the feeling of running out of the tunnel to a formal introduction on the 50-yard line and then played a full game on an NFL home turf. Fans were treated to some exciting play by these youngsters, including some near full-field touchdown runs.