Fighters Cater to Frisco Police Department

FRISCO, Texas (April 13, 2020) — The Frisco Fighters continued to play an active role in serving the Frisco community during these challenging times, delivering 100 meals from Rudy’s Barbeque to the Frisco Police Department for lunch on Monday.

The Fighters wanted to give back to first responders who have been working hard on the front lines and keeping the community safe during the pandemic. The organization also wanted to support the local restaurant community in Frisco.

“We came out here to show our appreciation to the Frisco Police Department for everything that they are doing,” Frisco Fighters quarterback Jonathan Bane said. “It’s been tough on us with the season being put on hold, but we are doing our part to stay inside, keep clean and give back any way that we can.”

Fighters players delivered catered meals and prepared them for officers and staff. The police officers extended their gratitude and introduced themselves to some of the players.

 “We’re still here and responding to calls, trying to be as proactive in protecting the citizens and making sure they are taking the appropriate actions to flatten the curve,” Officer Gene Willis of the Frisco PD said. “This community support has all been awesome… not only the Frisco Fighters bringing us lunch, but other community organizations have reached out and really supported us during this time.”

The Frisco Fighters are grateful to all first responders and essential personnel working every day to keep our community safe. The team remains dedicated to providing support in any way we can and will continue delivering meals on a weekly basis from local Frisco restaurants to those on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic in our community.

Fighters Fight Hunger in the Community

FRISCO, Texas — While the kickoff of their inaugural IFL season has been indefinitely postponed, the Frisco Fighters have been actively volunteering in the community during this unprecedented time of need in our region.

Over the past two weeks, more than 20 different players and staff members have helped package and deliver thousands of meals throughout Dallas, Frisco, and other parts of Collin County by partnering with various organizations such as Grace Bridge Food Bank, Meals on Wheels of Collin County, and Blue Mesa Grill.

Grace Bridge Food Bank distributes meals to hundreds of North Texas families per week. Grace Bridge relies heavily on volunteers, especially during hard times like these. Grace Bridge and the Frisco Fighters packaged and distributed fresh produce, dry goods, and various other essential items to families located throughout Frisco and Collin County.

“We are thankful to be able to partner with local organizations like Grace Bridge that do so much to directly impact so many people in Frisco and the surrounding area,” Frisco Fighters Head Coach Clint Dolezel said. “I am beyond proud of my team for stepping up and being leaders on and off the field by serving our community.”

Meals on Wheels of Collin County is a nonprofit organization dedicated to delivering meals to individuals and families who are unable to purchase or prepare meals of their own. The Fighters teamed up with the hard-working staff at Meals on Wheels in McKinney to package and personally deliver food and other essential items to the elderly and disabled around the community, especially those most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I appreciate what Meals on Wheels does for the residents of Collin County,” Frisco Fighters offensive lineman Damian Love said. “This opportunity helped me serve my purpose in life by helping those who cannot do it themselves. I want to give a big Frisco Fighters thank you to Raven and everyone at Meals on Wheels for all that they do and for allowing us to serve beside them.”

The Fighters have also partnered with Blue Mesa Grill in Frisco and Addison to help their staff deliver call-in orders, as most restaurants have been restricted to take-out and delivery only. This is a big adjustment for restaurants such as Blue Mesa Grill whose main business typically comes from dining in, so the need for delivery assistance is in higher demand.

“The Frisco Fighters reached out to help the Collin County seniors during one of our most challenging times,” Marzella Tyson, CEO, Meals on Wheels Collin County said. “We were inspired by this team’s commitment, kindness, and willingness to do whatever it took to feed one of our country’s most isolated and nutritionally at-risk populations…homebound seniors. They are not only fighters on the field but champions who partnered with Meals on Wheels Collin County to make sure no senior was left behind.”

The Frisco Fighters remain dedicated to giving back to the Frisco and North Texas community that has welcomed the team with open arms. The Fighters remain eager to assist any North Texas organization in serving the community during this time of need. Frisco Fighters players can be made available to any company or organization planning a community outreach initiative or any other situation in which our team can be of assistance.

For more information or to coordinate assistance from the Frisco Fighters, please email outreach@friscofighters.com.

EMMANUEL ROKER

Position: DB
Pro Experience: 2 years
College: Southern Utah University
Birthplace: Miami, FL
Date of Birth: 05/13/1996
Height: 6’2”  Weight: 180 Ibs

Biography:

Pro Experience:

2019: Signed with the Tuscon Sugar Skulls of the Indoor Football League (IFL). Roker recorded 9 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle, for a total of 10 tackles on the season.

College:

Started his collegiate career at Los Angeles Valley College in 2014-2015. Roker transferred to Southern Utah University in 2016. During his junior season he appeared in all 11 games and finished the season with 22 tackles and 6 pass break ups (2016). Roker recorded 12 total tackles with .5 tackles for loss his senior year (2017).

Personal:

While attending Southern Utah University Joel earned his bachelor’s degree in Sociology. In Emmanuel’s free time you can find him shopping, playing Madden, spending time with his family, or listening to his favorite artist, ASAP Rocky. What he enjoys most is working out and perfecting his craft of football. The athlete that Emmanuel looks up to most is Kobe Bryant.

TANNER MARSH

Position: QB
Pro Experience: V
College: Arkansas Tech University
Birthplace: Carrollton, TX 
Date of Birth: 05/29/1990
Height:6’4”  Weight: 220 Ibs

Biography:

Pro Experience:

2018: Marsh was assigned to the Texas revolution. 

2017: Signed with the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League (AFL). After briefly being put on IR in April 2017, he returned in June 2017.

2013: Marsh signed with the Montreal Alouettes June 2013. He recorded his first touchdown pass and score in the same game which helped lead his team to a comeback or 39-38 during the first game of his professional career. 

College:

Began his collegiate career at West Texas A&M University 2008-2009. Marsh redshirted (2008). Played in games completing 45 0f 75 passes, and 5 touchdowns. Marsh then transferred to Arkansas Tech University where he played one season. 

Personal:

Tanner Marsh is a local to the Frisco area and when he is not on the field he trains high school quarterbacks and owns a moving company, Marshian Movers. He enjoys hanging out with his girlfriend Chelsey and his Peekapoo dog named Whiskey. Tanner loves long boarding, boating, and two stepping to country music.