Two years ago the Journal reported on a lawsuit between two Park Ridge youth football teams over the use of the name, Park Ridge Falcons.
One side was Park Ridge Sports, Inc. (aka Park Ridge Football and Cheer), which debuted Nov. 8, 1967, and the other side was a startup program using the name Park Ridge Travel Falcons (PRTF). Park Ridge Sports, Inc. (PRSI) had used the name “Park Ridge Falcons” for their team name for a long time. With two teams going by the name Park Ridge Falcons, the two organizations went to court as we discussed here: journal-topics.com/articles/fight-of-the-falcons/.
The two clubs came together for a joint announcement Wednesday, May 25, hopefully putting an end to the whole debacle.
“The members of both organizations met with each other and were able to resolve our differences in a way we think is best for our Park Ridge Players, coaches and communities,” the two organizations said in a release sent to the Journal.
The two announced that there will be two competitive travel football programs in the area.
“The 55-year (old) Park Ridge Falcons will continue to be known as the Park Ridge Falcons,” the statement read. “The ‘Park Ridge Travel Falcons’ will now be known as the Park Ridge Hawks. This name change will clarify that the Park Ridge Hawks is not and has never been associated with the historical Park Ridge Falcons program. The Park Ridge Hawks organization is proud of the new team it has helped build over the past two years.”
The two sides also wanted to clear a few things up.
“Whatever team your child plays on, both organizations are committed to supporting our players and families to keep playing the game we all love,” the statement read. “Both programs want to make it clear that the Park Ridge Falcons is a competitive travel program, not a ‘house’ program. PRTF admits that neither PRSI, nor any of its board members, ever made any financial misappropriations. The PRSI board reiterates its apology from April 3, 2020; its prior statements should not have been made publicly.
“Although it was never our intention, we are truly sorry for any harm we caused this community. To move forward, the boards of both organizations also want to make it clear that neither organization is aware of any facts that would warrant any claim against either organization or its members.”
After a heated two-year battle, both sides are looking to move towards a brighter future without any other drama.
The two organizations finished their release by stating: “We wish the last two years had gone differently, but there will only be positivity going forward, not negativity. This is a fresh start and the future is bright. Park Ridge is a truly special community and each program is eager to do everything it can to keep Park Ridge (as) the best place for our children.”
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