The Pioneer League has been talked about since its inception. The accolades that have been rolling in since the league opened its doors. Now two seasons later the most important milestone may have been reached by Mrs. Melissa Patterson, the co-owner and League Attorney for the Pioneer League.
Mrs. Patterson has been named one of the top 25 most influential women in the Bronx by the Bronx Times Newspaper. She is a very deserving recipient as she has a laundry list of accomplishments and an even longer list of unrecognized contributions. As a role model for all young women she has excelled in the classroom, her profession, and her civic activities with the Pioneer Football League. During the day she is general counsel for R.A.I.N Inc. where she assists in the administration of one of the top Senior assistance programs in the city. She also teaches undergraduate and graduate programs at Concordia College in Bronxville. She teaches Business Law and is considered one of the professors whom you want to learn from with her dynamic style.
It would be at this point where we could begin to mention her contributions to her community to the Pioneer Football League. As legal counsel she drives the business of football off the gridiron by checking contracts and communicating effectively with players to ensure they are properly registered. Referred to by many of our football alum affectionately as “Mama Patt” she has mentored and given assistance to players of all ages in college and career development. From GED programs, to jobs, to resume building/writing it is her tireless efforts that make the difference in the Pioneer League. On a typical weekend in the fall you can find Mrs. Patterson doing any one of multiple things that make the PFL the premier league in the city. Whether it is sitting in the stands with a camera, doing interviews with players, on the sideline with paperwork or handling budget issues we applaud Melissa for receiving this distinguished award and honor.
Congratulations to Melissa Patterson, one of the 25 most influential women in the Bronx… And the most influential person in allowing the Pioneer League to run so effectively.