Welcome! to the web site of the Mohawk Valley Vikings football team, members of the New York Amateur Football League (N.Y.A.F.L.). We have just concluded our fifth successful season of operations, and continue to grow as a team and organization.
As an organization our primary goal is to provide post- college and high school athletes an avenue to continue playing organized, highly challenging (semi-professional level) football for a well-organized team in a well-organized league. Additionally, we seek to have our home games serve as a source of family entertainment and community pride for the Mohawk Valley- from Rome & Oneida to Little Falls & Dolgeville, and Boonville & Waterville to the North & South. Our regular season runs from early July thru mid-September over a ten game schedule. We play five Home Games on Saturday evenings- 7:30 p.m- at R.F.A. Stadium, Rome, N.Y.
Together, as a team, we would like to thank the Rome City S.D., (especially Mr. Dick Meiss, Athletic Director) for their support and gracious service in our first two years.
We encourage new players, coaches, and sponsors to join us in continuing to develop a first-rate program. New players are always welcome, as personal and occupational conditions don't always allow veteran players to return each year, or attend all games. The team presently needs three coaches to round out our staff. We place coaches according to their experience and expertise. Practices are held twice a week. Since we are an amateur, non-profit organization, we rely on the continued financial support of our many Mohawk Valley Community sponsors to meet most of our operational goals and help put a team on the field to be proud of. We would like to sincerely thank all of our past and present sponsors, large and small, who've faithfully and generously supported the team. YOU have enabled us to play and complete two full seasons of football- we've successfully covered all expenses! We look forward to your continued support.
Our goal is to secure full, major corporate or private sponsors. In return we offer local and state exposure as we play our complete schedule (YOUR "Name", colors, logo, mascot,etc., become the team's). If any business, corporation or individual is interested, please phone us (315) 736-4725, or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org for complete details Being a non-profit enterprise, any advertisments or sponsorships are a tax deduction, and convey a positive community/public image towards acommunity-based enterprise such as ours. Our five home games where sponsors are regularly announced and advertised before a crowd of hundreds provide an excellent exposure for any business. (Everyone!- please check our sponsor listing, and please patronize them. Let them know you appreciate their support of the VIKINGS!!!)
The VIKINGS play in the 8 team N.Y.A.F.L., representing the Mohawk Valley against teams from Batavia, Buffalo,Gloversville, Hornell, Rochester, Schenectady and Syracuse. The league is looking at the strong possibility of expansion into a 12 team league, possibly adding a few for the 2001 season. Our league champions, the BUFFALO GLADIATORS, defeated the Georgia Rage in Atlanta, Ga., and will travel to Vancouver, Washington to play Puget Sound for the National Football Alliance AA U.S. Championship on Sun., Jan. 21, 2001. The N.F.A. covers all expenses for traveling teams. (Check out the N.F.A. site for play-off info: http://www.nfatoday.com). The VIKINGS congratulate and support the Gladiators, and hope they bring home that National Championship in January!!!
To the VIKINGS players of 1999 & 2000 - last year, we became a competitive team. Again, we overcame skepticism about us, played our entire schedule competitively, and missed play-offs by only one-half game! Without a doubt, there is a need for improvement, but with continued dedication, we will attain the next level of becoming a successful team and participate in the playoffs as a force to be reckoned with. From there, who knows??
To new player candidates, as you consider becoming a part of our program, remember this: If you play with us, you will make us a better team; If you decide not to play, we'll still be playing ten games of football and loving every game we play! So, if you REALLY WANT TO PLAY FOOTBALL, GIVE US A CALL!
Jerry Loftis, General Manager
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