It began in 1929 when the owner of a new factory in Northeast Philadelphia enlisted the aid of a young friend, Joseph J Tomlin, to solve a recurring problem – the factor’s ground-to-floor windows were constantly being shattered by teenagers hurling stones from a nearby vacant lot. Others faced similar vandalism. To solve this, the building owners get together to fund an athletic program for the kids. Football seemed a logical choice to begin the new project. They formed the Junior Football Conference.
Tomlin met ‘Pop’ Warner at a winter banquet and asked him to lecture at a spring clinic. On the evening of April 19, 1934, Pop Warner spoke to the 800 excited young football players. By popular acclaim, the fledging youth program was renamed the Pop Warner Conference. In 1946, Tomlin looked to expand the program across the country; he and members of a local Philadelphia team headed to Hawai‘i to play against the first team there. Boys were typical players of football (however, some girls did play the game.) Pop Warner later introduced cheerleading to the program. The Hawai‘i Pop Warner conference formed in 1955.