The Tri-Cities Fever may have not made the Indoor Football League playoffs this season, but the team at least finished things on a high note this past week.
The Fever earned the IFL’s Community Relations Award, based on the team’s involvement in the community.
“I think it is well deserved,” said Fever owner Teri Carr. “It’s well-deserved for all of the players and staff. Every week we were out doing something. And nine out of 10 things involved youth football.”
A year ago, Carr had reservations about keeping the team running for a 10th season. But after talking to people in the community, the team dropped its ticket prices, and while the Fever has always been involved in the community, the team raised its commitment this past season.
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Trips to schools, youth football camps, movie nights with kids at Toyota Center. Name it. The team was always involved in something.
Carr said she never got any complaints from her players in participating in the events.
“I had guys actually ask ‘When do we get to go to that (event?),’ ” Carr said. “We had a morning fun run at Badger Mountain one day, and (Fever defensive back) Rudell Crim said ‘Now that’s the way to start the day.’ ”
The Fever also was named best Game-Day Operations by the league.
More league honors
Fever defensive back Donyae Coleman was named to the IFL’s first-team all-league squad this past week.
Fever running back Keithon Flemming, who was named IFL offensive player of the week twice over the final month, and teammate and defensive back Lionell Singleton were named to the second team.
Former Fever linebacker Joe Thornton was named to the first-team defense.
Colorado quarterback Willie Copeland was named the IFL’s MVP, while Colorado’s Heron O’Neal was named coach of the year.
Sioux Falls quarterback Chris Dixon was named the league’s offensive player of the year, while Sioux Falls linebacker Tyler Knight was the league’s defensive player of the year.
Cedar Rapids kicker Rockne Belmonte was named the IFL special teams player of the year, while Green Bay quarterback Nate Wara is the league’s rookie of the year. Expansion on the league meetings agenda
Carr arrived in Sioux Falls on Thursday ahead of the league’s championship game between the host Storm and the Nebraska Danger, set for tonight.
The league’s owners met Friday to discuss subjects such as scheduling, compliance, officiating and expansion.
Billings, Mont., will have a team in the league next year. That was announced at mid-season. But there are other cities and potential owners who have expressed interest in having a team for 2015.
“There is a possibility of one to three more teams coming in, in addition to Billings,” Carr said. “But it’s never for sure until the papers are signed.” Flemming to hold a camp
Flemming is hosting a 5-Day Skills Camp from July 7-11 at Highland Park. Training also will include safety tips and some hands-on approach with some other Fever players.
Preregistration is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., June 30, July 1 and 3 at the Holiday Inn Express by TRAC in Pasco. Campers must be ages 5-13. Cost is $50 and will include a Fever T-shirt.
For additional information, contact Flemming at 509-619-3637.