Reported by: Charlie Bartlett
Last season, the Wichita Falls Vipers capped off their dream year, winning the MPFL National Championship with a perfect record. Before they start talking title defense in 2011, they're more focused to give back to the community.
The Vipers aren't worried about winning right now, they're concern is fighting hunger. This Sunday, the team is hosting the 1st Annual Hunger Bowl.
"We're trying to encourage everybody to come out and give all that you can in terms of canned goods," said Vipers Receiver Dominique Ellis. "We're trying to collect as many canned goods as we can."
"Just want to give back to the community any way that we can," said Vipers Linebacker Michael Anglin. "We got different things that we do, this is one of things we try to do this year to give back."
"Every year we try to come out and do something with the food bank, as well, as other organizations and couldn't think of a better way than what we're doing right now," said Vipers Head Coach Rick Taylor.
It's a team effort for the Vipers and the Wichita Falls Food Bank. They need each fan to bring in two cans of food, but more is encouraged. The Vipers are continuing to make an impact in Texoma.
"We want people to know who we are, what we do," said Anglin. "Not just on the football field but off the field. We want people to know who we are and what we do in all kinds of different ways."
"That's one of our many things besides entertaining on the football field, said Ellis. "We definitely like to give back to the community and right now this is a open forum to give back in terms of supplying the needy with food."
They strive to be role models on and off the field. Head Coach Rick Taylor requires each of his players to stay active.
"When you come in with us, it's not just about football, it's about your community what you can do to help," said Taylor. "A lot of these guys are young men in the area, some of them moving into the area and anything in that fashion, these guys really need to learn how to do that."
The Vipers know the importance of giving back, as well, playing successful football. They're ready for a show this Sunday
"It'll be entertaining, said Taylor. "We'll try to put some points on the board and not let them put very many on the board, that's the Viper way.
"We have a whole bunch of new talent out there you're going to see," said Ellis. "Whole bunch of new faces and we just reloaded and we're coming harder than we did last year."
Vipers taking the field for the first time in 2011 as they host the Forth Worth Avengers at Memorial Stadium.