Bismarck Youth Football League team helps keep the Dakota Zoo clean

Published: Oct. 10, 2021 at 7:26 PM CDT
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BISMARCK, N.D. (KFYR) - The Bismarck Youth Football League ended its regular season Saturday. One team is spending the day learning team-bonding skills off the field.

Clean up day at the Dakota Zoo

“Wanna try and help me get some more leaves?” asked a player.

The Bengals football team is one of more than 30 in the Bismarck Youth Football League.

“We’re undefeated and we’re going to the playoffs so hopefully we can go to the championship,” said 5th grade Bengals player Kaj Herslip.

That hope might bring in their sixth division title. Its said a coach is only as good as his players.

“Good job there, keep it going, keep it going,” said Head coach Bill Prokopyk.

Head coach Bill Prokopyk is proud of the team’s achievements and says it’s more than just football.

“We want to give them a little bit of experience to learn the game of football so they can appreciate it a little better and hopefully someday they’ll coach their own kids and their kid’s friends and they’ll get to pay it back,” said Prokopyk.

This community service day helps players learn about giving back when they’re off the field.

“I think it’s good for our teammates, all of them are bonding,” said Herslip.

It’s Prokopyk’s last season with the Bengals after more than 15 years.

He’s not just the team leader, but also the videographer and photographer for the whole league, capturing hundreds of thousands of memories from generations of families.

“He’s great with his kids, he works them hard and he plays hard and he promotes team building,” said parent Tim Simmons.

For now, the Bengals are leaving no leaf unturned.

The Bismarck Youth Football League includes third through sixth graders. The playoffs begin next Saturday.

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