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Young P.G. County athletes honored

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Famous athletes like Sugar Ray Leonard and Kevin Durant call Prince George's County their hometown. On Tuesday, County Executive Rushern Baker recognized a new generation of top talent, all under the age of 16.

On December 2013, 10 and 11-year old players from the Prince George's Storm took home the American Youth Football Championship title, beating out a team from Arizona, 33-0.

It was the first time a Prince George's County team won an AYF National Championship.

"It's really special to me because I've been playing with this team since I was five," said PGStorm athlete, Trenton Parker.

Head coach Ronald Gray says their kids and parents are committed to athletics and education--- that kind of teamwork didn't go unnoticed.

They received a proclamation, highlighting their achievements.
Moments earlier, another ceremony took place down the hall.

The honor went to Francis Tiafoe, the county resident who picked up a tennis racket at the age of two.  At 15, he became the youngest winner at the Orange Bowl Juniors event. Andy Roddick and Roger Federer are some of the past winners.

"I practice four hours a day, and do conditioning for an hour and a half," said Tiafoe.

"Their dad plays for fun. I don't know how to play, but I like to watch them play," said Tiafoe's mother, Alphina.

His father was once the maintenance manager at the Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park, a complex Tiafoe now trains in.
Aiming high there's already talk of Tiafoe turning pro.

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