The South Carolina Gators of the Inter Active Football League — also known as the IAFL — are a first year team, but according to owner Michael McMillan that just gives the program a chance to start building its own story.
And, it gives the Gators an opportunity to make their own history as part of the IAFL.
“It’s a great and strong league to be a part of,” he told Developmental Football USA. “The purpose of the team is to provide [for] players who still have passion for the game, and to provide a positive safe haven for the community.”
Having that chance to continue playing football is huge for many players at the developmental level, but it’s equally as important for many to be a part of a team that stays active in the community, and that seems to be the goal for the Gators.
With that being said, McMillan is expecting a ton of great football to be played this year in the IAFL. Among other teams, he expects major competition from the Garden City Seahawks, Carolina Cardinals and Sumter Sharks.
“We didn’t just circle one game because we worry about all of them,” the owner explained.
McMillan also explained that the Gators are playing with heavy hearts, yet strong purpose, this season. A member of their coaching staff unfortunately passed away in the line of duty. Per McMillan, the team will be playing in his honor.
“Coach Carraway died on October 3rd, 2018. The news was very heartbreaking and shocking, [so] the team as a whole wants to dedicate the season to him,” he said. “Coach was very caring and always wanted to help anyone in need. Despite the rough preseason we had, the Gators are still going to honor coach in any way we can.”
Keep an eye out for McMillan and the Gators this season in the IAFL. Not only do they have a lot to play for, but this is a team with high expectations.
“My goals for this season are to have a winning season and hopefully play in the championship game,” McMillan told DFUSA.