Massachusetts Pirates receive key to the City of Worcester

September 21, 2021 has become a date etched in Massachusetts Pirates history. On that day, during the team’s championship celebration at City Hall, the Pirates received the key to the City of Worcester.

Massachusetts Pirates receive key to the City of Worcester

During the Celebration, Worcester Mayor Joseph Petty congratulated the team stating how the Pirates made the city proud winning the Indoor Football League Championship over Arizona in overtime 37-34, and then delivered the following proclamation.

“Amid a truly difficult year trying to adapt to limitations from the covid-19 pandemic, the team achieved greatness under the watchful eyes of your head coach Patrick Pass and the Yatim family. Your players pulled off a dramatic and stunning overtime victory to end the season. In recognition of representing our city with distinction on the football field, naturally, it is only right and fitting that you should receive Worcester’s highest honor. Congratulations and I wish you all the best in the years to come. On behalf of the City of Worcester, it’s my pleasure to congratulate you. I present to you the key to the city in recognition of winning your first Indoor Football League championship.”

The presentation took the Pirates Founder, Co-Owner, President and General Manager Jawad Yatim by surprise.

“I was not expecting that at all,” Yatim told the crowd. “That was an absolute treat and I’m sharing that with all my guys. This is just so amazing,” he added. Yatim went on to say, “This really is for the city. I’m from here, so this is a little different. We’re not from out of town or somewhere else, we’re from here, so this is by the city; for the city. We wanted to give you something to be proud of and hopefully we did make you proud,” Yatim said.

The celebration featured comments from several dignitaries including District City Councilor Candee Mero-Carlson, City Manager Ed Augustus, Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Tim Murray and Sandy Dunn, General Manager of the DCU Center.

The Massachusetts Pirates are members of the Indoor Football League (IFL). The Pirates play all home games at Phoenix Field at the DCU Center. 

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