Semi-Pro Football Team Comes to Palestine
Palestine- All of you football fanatics out there will be pleased to hear that football will be on tap in Palestine in 2013. The Anderson County Roughnecks are a new semi-professional team based out of Palestine.
The Anderson County Roughnecks are a talented and respectful team, determined to have a season full of success. Their main goal is to help young athletes progress to college and or other semi-pro leagues that offer football as a career choice.
“This is a second chance for a lot of these guys,” said Coach and General Manager Randy Lingo, as he described some of the obstacles players have overcome to get where they are today.
Lingo lives in Henderson and has been involved in semi-pro- football in Texas for close to ten years. He has played and coached semi-pro football.
Lingo did something for his players that no other semi-pro team in Texas does. He allowed them to tryout for free. Lingo and team owners are trying to provide equipment to the players ar no cost, or at a very minimal expense.
“These guys shouldn’t have to pay to play. They give their time and work hard out here,” said Lingo.
Other coaches who will be on the side lines at games include Howard Ellis and David Cummings.
“Coach Lingo is the heart of this team. Lingo cares for each player on his field and desires to help each of them meet their goals and reach their dreams,” said team owner Jodi Harding.
Bo and Jodi Harding of Palestine purchased the Anderson County Roughnecks recently. They have high hopes that the community will rally behind the Roughnecks.
“We just wanted to bring something to Palestine that the community could get behind. We want this team to be Palestine’s team,” said Jodi Harding.
They hope to bring a family friendly atmosphere as well as some very entertaining and fun football games. Another goal of the Anderson County Roughnecks is to win a Texas United Football League (TUFL) championship.
The Roughnecks season will begin in late January 2013. Games will be played in Anderson County.
Before their season officially kicks off their are some charity games in the works, the first of which they hope to play in December. This game will require players, coaches, and fans to bring a toy to be donated to Toys for Tots.
“We want to give back to this community every way we can. After the game the team will deliver these toys to children who need them,” said Harding.
The Anderson County Roughnecks are looking for dedicated and skilled players to fill their rosters for the 2013 season. If you think you or someone you know has what it takes to be a Roughneck you are encouraged to come out to a practice and talk to the coach. Practices are currently held in Westwood on Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons.
For more information about the Anderson County Roughnecks contact Bo and Jodi Harding at (903) 480-1545.