The Lake Zurich Flames youth football organization will be starting this year’s season with a new look. The Flames recently introduced their new, professionally designed logos for youth football and cheerleading.
“In the past two years we have been updating our uniforms. We wanted to get more in line with the high school colors and are going toward a blue base,” said Flames board member and coach Keith Mescha.
Mescha said board members liked the idea of keeping with theme of a fireman badge.
“People don’t understand why we are called the Flames. It’s our history; we were started by volunteer firemen and we wanted to keep with our roots,” he said.
Mescha said this is the first time the Flames will have a unified look with its spirit wear. The online store already has t-shirts with the new logo.
The Flames youth football program is where some of Lake Zurich’s most successful athletes got their start. Anthony Castonzo, Lake Zurich High School graduate and Round 1 NFL draft pick in 2011, got his start with the Flames. He is with the Indianapolis Colts. Both Matt Blanchard and his brother Derek played for the Flames.
The Flames organization serves about 350 to 400 athletes per year. The Flames are currently accepting registration for this year’s program.