The Northwest Cougar (NW COUGS) youth football and cheer is a football team for young and aspiring kids whose dream is to be featured in the football game, that is, to play professional football -for males and females- and to be a cheerleader for their team -for the females. Created by Marcus Levon Trufant, who also played professional football for the Seattle Seahawks for ten years, the NW COUGS youth football and cheer, was created in order to give back to the community, what they gave to him while he was growing up.

Located in Tacoma, this non-profit organization owned by Marcus Trufant helps kids with realizing their career dreams as they will get to know everything about football right from their young days. The program is dedicated to helping every kid grow with discipline, achieve their dreams and believe in themselves, especially for military kids whose father are out saving the country, being the hero that they are and are usually not around to see them play.
Trufant is dedicated to creating memories the kids will have in their mind for a long time, similar to the way he remembers most of the camps he attended while growing up. At an interview, Trufant said he wanted the kids to be like “I remember when I was in the third grade and Marcus Trufant tried to strip the ball from me – that made me want to play more”. Trufant loves and has never forgotten his roots, maybe that’s why he’s dedicated to making sure kids from the area where he grew up also turn out to be successful like he is. The father of five, who lives with his wife and kids in Newcastle, said spending more time in the community and extending the horizon of his non-profit organization “the Trufant Family Foundation” is what he wanted to do, after he retired from football.

The NW COUGS youth football and cheer is one of those expansions and Trufant himself sees to it. He coaches the kids, spends time with them and have fun with them.
Marcus who grew up in Tacoma was delighted to announce that training for the kids who were registered with the NW COUGS youth football and cheer, was going to be on the same field where he started his own football career. The kids’ or little Cougars as they are called, also put on red and grey jerseys, the same way the Cougars of Trufant’s alma mater did.
Marcus Trufant is like a super hero in today’s world, always looking for a way to reach out and give back to the community in every way possible. The NW COUGS youth football and cheer is expanding, the kids are loving it and people are seeing the world in a better light. One man can really make a difference.

As said earlier, Northwest Cougars youth football and cheer is a non-profit organization, they’ve got no paid positions and so are always in need of volunteers, for the organization to be a successful one. Besides helping with coaching, sharing your experience, and having fun with the kids, volunteering is a great way of knowing the other parents in the organization and also a way of giving back to the community, which is the sole purpose of the program. One man can really make a difference.