With only two Canadian teams involved, Tatsu’s Ontario Selects, and a British Columbia team, the young Chatham football player will be facing North America’s top opponents at the tournaments three stops in New Jersey (December 7-8), Ohio (December 14-15), and San Antonio, Texas (January 3-5).
“Making Team Ontario is one of the best feelings ever,” said Tatsu. “It’s going to take a lot of hard work, dedication and discipline. I am looking forward to the challenge of playing against the best kids in North America.”
Tatsu, who is entering Grade 8 at Gregory Drive Public School, made the team out of a tryout in London late this summer, which featured hundreds of players from the OVFL and OFC football leagues, looking to crack the 35 man Under 14 roster.
Tatsu is excited to participate in the 64 team tournament, but also was thankful for the support he has received from coaches, his parents, and the Chatham-Kent Cougars football organization, which he has been involved with for the past 5 years.
“I am proud to represent my province and my city. I am so thankful to the Chatham-Kent Cougar program, also the president Sel Jordan, and all my coaches. I couldn’t have done this without my parents. They were a big support,” stated Tatsu.
The Bantam Cougars Defensive MVP this season, Tatsu will begin training camp with the Team Ontario Selects September 14 in Burlington, Ontario.