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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!

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 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.

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.