Kevin Neang caught a 64 yard touchdown pass up the left side of the field to win the MLK Jr Holiday Tournament, and seal himself as the back-to-back Most Valuable Player.
“Martin Luther King Jr. wasn’t just fighting for the rights of Black people; he was fighting for the rights of all people,” Neang said as all the players and game officials enjoyed sodas and snacks at the conclusion of the game.
This was Neang’s second win and his second MVP award as well.
Four teams consisting of five players each played in the Fast Track Passing League, Double Elimination tournament.
After the recent rains in California, the sun was out and the weather perfect, however, the field was a muddy mess.
Even with the terrible footing, there was some big plays on the day that were worthy of the spirit behind the tournament.
Players representing several Asian countries and South Pacific Islands took part in the tournament in honor of their heritages as well as to pay homage to the struggles of equality for all people in America and around the globe.
“This was a game, but much bigger than just a game,” said one player during the game. “This was about giving people a chance who don’t normally play football. It was about unity and recognizing a great man. It was about recognizing the greatness within ourselves as well.”