Have you ever wondered how the Greenwood Pittbull football program started? Or why the word Pittbull is spelled with two T’s?
In 1992, Danny Burton saw a need for a youth football program in our community. Although he was told it couldn’t happen because of the equipment expense and insurance liability, Danny was determined to make it happen.
Danny was a 1968 graduate of Northside High School and served two years in Vietnam as a sergeant in the Marine Corp. He married the former Judy Page, and together they established their Christian home and raised Joshua (Wolf), Jacob (Badger), Rachel, and Rebekah.
The Pittbull program officially began in the Fall of 1992. Thirty-seven boys played on two teams. The older team consisted of boys in the 6th grade, and the younger team consisted of grades 4th & 5th.
With Danny’s determination and the financial commitment from him, local businesses, friends, and volunteer coaches, the program spans 21 years and has literally served thousands of young boys. The cheer program was also started and has likewise given thousands of local girls’ lifetime memories of Pittbull games.
Last month when we asked Jacob Burton why Pittbulls had two T’s, Jacob responded, “Dad never could spell!” But that’s how Danny spelled it, and it has never been changed.
A halftime ceremony is being planned for the first home Greenwood football game against Sallisaw. The Burton family will be recognized, along with coaches, players, cheerleaders, and financial contributors who participated in the Pittbull program.
Also, a Reunion in the GHS Student Union will be held from 5 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. that evening for all associated with the Pittbull program. The Burton family will be present. Please come and help us celebrate Danny Burton’s dream and accomplishment which have been such a positive experience for so many Greenwood children and families.