Meet St. Louis’ newest football team of first responders
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(KMOV.com) -- The St. Louis Rams may have left town but that doesn’t mean the city is without football. Meet the St. Louis Heat. It’s a semi-pro team that is comprised of nearly 35 local first responders including police officers, fire fighters and medical personnel. They compete in the 21-team National Public Safety Football League.
Here’s the difference between them and other professional leagues. They don’t get paid – not one penny. Every dollar made from ticket sales goes directly to charity like BackStoppers and Responder Rescue.
"With everything that's going on it's going to bring awareness that first responders care about the community just as much as everyone else," head coach and local fire fighter Darren Hale said.
"They've been here for us during our time of need so this is something we came up with creatively to give back to those great organizations," Capt. Garon Mosby of the St. Louis Fire Department said.
Some of the players on the team do have football experience but a lot of them do not. For some, it’s the first time they’ve put on pads and played tackle football. But that’s not what this is about. It’s about being champions for charity, as the Heat calls themselves.
The first home game is Saturday, April 2 at CBC High School against the Chicago Blaze. Tickets are five dollars and, again, all of that goes to charity. The Heat played it first game recently in Las Vegas and gave all the inspiration you would expect from local first responders.
"One of the greatest things I saw when we played this weekend was the camaraderie between the two teams. Even though we were going against each other on the field of battle we all were looking out for each other as well," Hale said.
For more information on the St. Louis Heat and the National Public Safety Football League you can check out www.npsfl.org.
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