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Not Everyone A Fan Of Football Team's Name Change

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UPPER MERION TWP., Pa. -

A Montgomery County football team that's had the same name for decades recently got a makeover, but not everyone is excited by the changes.

The King of Prussia Indians, founded by Mary and Dave Vanicelli, were established in 1956. Even after they died, their daughter, Sandy Newstein, set up a foundation to help children who can't afford to play participate in their name.

Newstein tells FOX 29's Lauren Cohn she was disappointed to learn the organization is now known as the "Upper Merion Viking Youth Football Association."

Newstein says she's sure her parents would have shared in her disappointment.

Board president George Nikolaou says the decision wasn't an easy one. He too was an indian in his youth and appreciates the history, but says the 15-member new board voted unanimously in support of the new name.

Since the vote, Nikolaou says he's received overwhelming support.

"We talked about the concerns, we polled our constituents, we have 300 members from last year, an email went out and approximately 4 percent were opposed," Nikolaou said.

The new name is meant to mirror what other teams are doing in the area under Pop Warner, which took over the league two years ago, Nikolaou said.

"We can establish pride in these kids at a young age; that they're a little viking, viking in middle school, viking in high school throughout the entire area, not just King of Prussia.

But with new names comes a new restriction.

To play, a child must live in the Upper Merion School District area.

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