ALL FIGHTERS ON DECK

When Tracey Shuck heard an ad on the radio that the Frisco Fighters were seeking opportunities to serve the community, she did not hesitate the reach out to the team. Tracey’s sister, Tanya Levescy, and brother in-law, Darren “Layne” Levescy, were struck with life altering change in the beginning of 2020. The newlyweds were given the news that Layne was living with Non-Hogkins Lymphoma and Leukemia.

Prior to that diagnosis, Layne’s biggest concern was installing a deck in his backyard to accommodate his growing family. He purchased all the wood and materials and was ready to embark on his home improvement project before the shocking news was delivered.

The Fighters were inspired by the Levescy’s strength and optimism despite all the obstacles they faced in their first year of marriage. Layne had a vision of a deck in his back yard to enjoy with Tanya in their free time, but due to his illness he was not going to physically be able to complete the deck any time soon.

Layne spent 45 days in the hospital amid Covid-19 and was not able to be visited by his loved ones. Layne had only just returned home from the hospital one day before the Frisco Fighters were welcomed into their Terrell, TX, home on June 22, 2020, where they spent the day with the Levescy’s and were guided by Layne’s powerful voice. Coach Dolezel might have finally met his match.

“Layne and Tanya have been going through some very hard times here we are doing everything we can to help make their lives easier,” said Head Coach Clint Dolezel. “We have Jonathan Bane “Bob the Builder”, KaVontae Turpin, and so many others out here helping build this deck for the Levescy’s. We are blessed to have had this opportunity to assist the family.”

The Frisco Fighters’ commitment to family and supporting the local communities is what defines it as an organization. The entire Frisco Fighters organization, including coaches, players, the equipment manager, and even Coach Dolezel’s son, were happy to do their part for the Levescy’s. The Fighters came together in a way that cannot be experienced on the football field. Some were highly skilled handy men while others learned for the first time how to work with their hands in ways they never teach you at practice. 

“ I just want to show some gratitude to the Frisco Fighters for taking their time to come out and volunteer to help me build the deck I had planned on building before I got diagnosed,” said Darren “Layne” Levescy. “I cannot say enough how much appreciation I have for the Fighters coming out and risking themselves to help others like myself live more comfortably. God bless the Fighters and their organization.”

If you want to support Layne on his road to recovery, please share or donate to his GoFundMe https://www.gofundme.com/f/darren-layne-levescy-fundraiser. If there is anything the Frisco Fighters can do for you, please contact us at outreach@friscofighters.com. We are here to help and united as one.

IFL CANCELS REMAINING GAMES OF 2020 SEASON

FRISCO, Texas — The Indoor Football League, America’s longest running professional indoor football league, announced Monday that it has cancelled the remaining games of the 2020 season due to the many unknowns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and the lack of definitive information as to when states will begin to lift stay-home mandates and again allow large gatherings such as sporting events.

“This is a decision we take very seriously, and it comes as a result of extended, thoughtful discussion among our Board of Directors,” said IFL Commissioner Todd Tryon. “Because there are so many critical unknowns that are out of our control, we feel as a league we would be best served by taking a proactive approach and focusing our talents and our resources toward preparing for a breakout 2021 season. It is absolutely our intention to play the 2021 season within our traditional timeframes, including the kickoff of games in March 2021.”

The IFL’s Board of Directors also on Monday approved an extended 16-game schedule for the 2021 season to add additional value for season ticket holders and sponsors.

The Frisco Fighters were just hours away from playing their home opener on Thursday, March 12 at Comerica Center when the game was postponed that afternoon by arena officials. That same day the IFL postponed all future 2020 games until further notice.

“While we are disappointed that we will have to delay the excitement that was building around our inaugural season in Frisco, we certainly understand the climate we’re in and the current realities around sports in America,” said Steve Germain, owner of the Frisco Fighters. “We will use this additional time to continue to serve the Frisco community in any way we can while also focusing on how we can make the 2021 Frisco Fighters season even better for our fans and for the Frisco community.”

Among the many issues also facing the IFL in determining the feasibility of continuing the 2020 season include the realities around the amount of time it will take to develop a modified schedule once arenas re-open, the amount of time needed for our players to safely regain playing form after not being able to train during this time, and the amount of time needed to allow our teams to properly prepare for a relaunch once staff is allowed to return to their offices.

“The IFL remains committed to the safety and well-being of our players, our team and league staff members, our fans, and our corporate partners,” Tryon added. “During this extraordinary time in our country, we have all been impacted, and we believe that it will take all of us working together to return to a semblance of normalcy. With that stated, I am extremely proud of how our IFL teams have taken prominent leadership roles within their respective communities to provide assistance and hope to those who need it most. We will continue those efforts as best we can and we will work directly with our local governments and healthcare providers to help in any way we can in the midst of these difficult times.”

Policies regarding the reimbursement and renewal of season tickets and other ticket purchases, along with how corporate sponsorships for 2020 will be reimbursed, will be announced by May 1, 2020.

Fighters Season Update

The Frisco Fighters are grateful to the city of Frisco and the North Texas region for its patience and understanding of the postponement of our inaugural game. The positive support we have received since we announced our postponement has been extremely gratifying to our ownership family, our players, and our coaches, and it further strengthens our belief that Frisco is the best market we could have selected in which to build our organization.

The IFL prides itself on being a leader in fan-friendly entertainment, and the wellbeing of everyone involved is our top priority. So, while we were disappointed that our fans were not able to enjoy a great night of football in Frisco and our team could not take the field after a spirited training camp, we understand and accept the need to be responsible citizens and partners with the city of Frisco and Comerica Center. 

Having said that, there is no slowing the Fighters down! As an organization and a team, we will continue to press forward with the same enthusiasm, excitement, and exuberance we have displayed since our announcement in November. Our players will continue to practice and remain visible in the community. We will continue to promote and market the team and the organization. And, once it is deemed safe for all to get back on the field and for fans to fill Comerica Center for our inaugural game, we will Take Flight and make our first campaign as successful as it can possibly be. Thank you for your continued support and Go Fighters!

Inaugural Fighters Game at Comerica Center Postponed

The Frisco Fighters regretfully announce that tonight’s game on Thursday, March 12 against the Duke City Gladiators has been postponed due to rising health concerns about COVID-19.

While our “flight” has been delayed for now, the Fighters look forward to taking off soon at Comerica Center. Please stay tuned to our social media accounts (@friscofighters) and our website (www.friscofighters.com) for further news and information.

Fighters Announce Radio Station Change for Inaugural Game

          The official Frisco Fighters radio broadcast for the inaugural game on Thursday, March 12 will now be aired live on KDBT 1160AM. This is a change from the regular home station of KHYI 95.3 The Range due to a scheduling conflict tomorrow evening.

The broadcast will also be available live on KHYI.com or via The Range on the free streaming app ‘Live365 Radio.’ Pregame coverage begins at 6:50 p.m. CT with kickoff slated for 7:05 p.m. CT.

The Fighters are proud to be partnered with KHYI 95.3 The Range and it will continue to be the home of the Frisco Fighters’ official radio broadcasts the remainder of the season.

All Fighters games can also be streamed with video via the Indoor Football League’s YouTube channel.

FIGHTERS ANNOUNCE DREW PEARSON NIGHT

FRISCO, Texas – The Frisco Fighters’ will honor Dallas Cowboys great Drew Pearson during its inaugural game on March 12 at Comerica Center.

The Frisco Fighters are Frisco’s new Indoor Football League team. In honoring Pearson, the Fighters are paying homage to one of the best players to ever play the game and a long-time Cowboys fan-favorite.

“Drew is a legend in our region and one of the all-time greats,” Fighters President/GM Stephen Evans said. “We all shared in his disappointment of not getting into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Our salute to Drew on March 12 will provide Frisco and the entire North Texas area a chance to show our admiration to someone whose career achievements and outstanding legacy will live on forever.”

Pearson will be honored throughout the first-ever contest for the Frisco Fighters as they host the reigning back-to-back champs of the Champions Indoor Football (CIF) league, the Duke City Gladiators. Throughout the game there will be special presentations made to the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor member by a number of former teammates and other NFL greats currently living in the area.

“We are proud to honor such a legend in this way,” Fighters head coach Clint Dolezel said. “He is one of the greatest receivers to play this game and he deserves to be recognized as such. And to give the public a platform to show their love and appreciation for Drew, I just think it’s going to be a very special night.”

Pearson shared his thoughts on being honored by the Fighters.

“First of all, I’m excited football is back in Frisco,” Pearson said. “Indoor football has a secure place in the big, wide world of sports. I’m also humbled that the organization would want to honor me in such a way. It’s going to be a great night!”

Pearson, who serves as the organization’s Chief Relationships Officer, is an ambassador for the team within Frisco and the region. Pearson will also lend his talents to Fighters television broadcasts this season, serving as an analyst for all televised Fighters games.

“The Fighters bring all of the key ingredients for franchise success,” Pearson said. “Great ownership, great management, great coaching, and talented players, and I’m glad to be part of it all.”

Individual game tickets and season tickets are now available at bit.ly/2HIHfgJ. Reserve your seat to witness #50YardsOfFury in all its glory at Comerica Center for the Fighters’ Takeoff Season.

FRISCO FIGHTERS SET TO HOST FIRST TRYOUT CAMP

FRISCO, TX – The Frisco Fighters will host their first open tryout camp of the preseason on Saturday, February 15, 2020. The Fighters are looking for players at all positions, including offensive and defensive line, wide receiver, defensive back, running back, linebacker, and kicker.

The tryout camp will be held at Memorial Stadium, located at 6927 Stadium Lane in Frisco. Registration for the camp begins at 7:30 am and ends at 9:00 am. The camp then begins at 9:00 am. Participants will receive a free camp t-shirt but should bring their own turf shoes and cleats (no metal spikes).

“Throughout the years there have been many great indoor football players who were originally noticed at a tryout camp,” said Stephen Evans, President and General Manager of the Fighters. “Frisco and the Dallas region have a number of great players who would like to extend their football careers, and we look forward to seeing that talent compete for a potential spot on our training camp roster.”

The Fighters, members of the Indoor Football League, begin their inaugural season on Thursday, March 12, 2020. The team plays seven home games in the regular season, which goes through June.

For more information about the tryout camp, email info@friscofighters.com.

FRISCO AWARDED NEW PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL TEAM

Professional football returns to Frisco this spring with the launch of the Indoor Football League’s newest member. The team will be owned by Steve and Kim Germain and their children Jessica, Austin, and Zach, and will play at Comerica Center.

The team name is expected to be announced in the coming weeks, along with several other exciting announcements sure to excite longtime indoor football fans in the North Texas region.

The Indoor Football League is America’s longest running indoor football league and features the premier athletes and coaches in the sport of indoor football. The addition of Frisco gives the league 13 teams for the 2020 season. The Frisco team will kick off its inaugural season on Thursday, March 12, 2020.

“We are super excited about doing business in Frisco, Texas,” said Jessica Germain. “We literally could have placed this team in any city in the country and we chose Frisco because of its people, its reputation as Sports City U.S.A., and just because there is so much excitement and energy in and around the city. Frisco is a spectacular area and the people of Frisco deserve this exciting sport.”

The Germain family has been committed to the indoor football game for many years, as owners and as major sponsors of the indoor football team in Columbus, OH, through their various vehicle dealerships. No strangers to professional sports and entertainment, the Germain family has also owned stakes in NASCAR teams and has been involved in naming rights of arenas and entertainment venues.

“Mr. Germain is committed to making indoor football in Frisco a huge success and he and his family are in this for the long haul, as you will see as we begin to make announcements in the very near future,” said Stephen Evans, President and General Manager of the Frisco team. “You could not ask for a better family or an ownership group that cares as much about the indoor football game than the Germains. We look forward to matching their enthusiasm for the sport with our play on the field to bring Frisco a team they will be proud to support.

“Make no mistake, we have extremely high expectations. As you will soon learn, our management team and our coaching staff are collectively approaching 100 years in the indoor football game. We’ve won championships, but most of all, we’ve successfully assimilated the local community wherever we have been, and we look forward to doing so here in Frisco.”

The team will soon make announcements about coaches, new player signings, ticket sales, and how to partner with the new organization.

“We welcome Frisco’s newest professional sports team to our wonderful city,” said Michael Landin, General Manager of Comerica Center. “We are excited about what they have in store for Frisco and know that with the ownership they have in place, their management expertise, and the resources they have committed to the team, we are going to be able to host this exciting brand of football for many years to come.”

For more information about the Frisco indoor football team, contact Stephen Evans at 469.964.5980 or stephen@theremedybranding.com.

RESERVE YOUR SEASON TICKETS TODAY

Fans of the Frisco Fighters and indoor football may reserve their season tickets today by emailing tickets@FriscoFighters.com. Season tickets will officially go on sale with the announcement of the venue and the 2020 season ticket prices. However, reservations may be made at any time with no money down.

Reservations can be made for Front Row tickets, Sideline tickets, Endzone tickets, or Suites. Those reserving their season tickets should include their name, email address, phone number, and the seating level they are interested in.

The 2020 Frisco Fighters season begins on Thursday, March 12. The Fighters will take on the Duke City (Albuquerque) Gladiators. The 2020 Fighters season includes seven home games. Season tickets will include all seven home games, plus the first playoff game.

FIGHTERS NEEDED

All players interested in joining the Frisco Fighters for the 2020 season should contact the Fighters player personnel department.

The Fighters are building a championship roster and are seeking talented athletes with impressive skills and high character.

Prospective players may send a link to their highlights to playerpersonnel@FriscoFighters.com. The team will also be conducting tryout camps throughout the state of Texas in the coming weeks and months. Check back soon for more announcements about tryout camps.