In the developmental football world, it typically takes strong community involvement for a team to last more than a few seasons. For the West Texas Outlaws, their involvement in the community is a big part of the reason they are in their 14th season.
Just this past Saturday, the Outlaws and several other Lubbock-area organizations helped raise money for muscular dystrophy research outside of Lowe’s Home Improvement. Several different booths were setup and at the Outlaws booth, kids could try on team jerseys and helmets and play various games with the players.
“There were quite a few people that stopped by,” Outlaws head coach Shannon Cross told DFUSA. “We had a lot of kids stop by and a lot of other booths were setup representing for a good cause. It was wonderful.”
Even though much goes in to every practice and game for a football team, certain players go beyond that time commitment to help the community. Cross told DFUSA these are the exact type of players he looks for on his team.
“I think it’s very important,” Cross said. “It shows us leadership and it shows us we can give back and we will give back to the community of Lubbock, Texas, to show that we appreciate everything it has done for us and just to show who we are as a team and an organization.”
On April 23th, the Outlaws will also be participating in a charity walk to raise money for multiple sclerosis research.
“We’re trying to help spread awareness for what they’re trying to find cures for,” Cross said.
For the season, the Outlaws are coming off a an Easter bye week with a 2-2 record and Saturday, April 2nd, they host the West Texas Pride (4-0) out of Midland at 7 p.m. at Lena Stephens Field.
“We have a very important game, a division game that should be a rival for us for a long time,” Cross said. “It’s going to be a great game. I hope everybody comes out to see it. We’re going to put on a good show. I think we’re going to be ready, facing the number one team in our division. I think we’re going to put on a show.”
What will it take for the Outlaws to give the Pride the first loss of the season?
“Our team just needs to show up and play,” Cross said. “We have the athletes to beat anyone in our division. We have the athletes to compete for a championship. If we come out and play like I know we can play, we shouldn’t have any problems competing. We’re going to come out and play smash mouth football and play together as a unit like we know we can. If we stick to what we know, we’re going to win this game here in town.”
If you’re in the Lubbock area, catch the Outlaws live on the radio on 104.3 this Thursday at 7 p.m.