The great Vince Lombardi once said, “Winners never quit and quitters never win”. This was the mentality of the Olongapo Warriors closing out their PAFL 2017 season.
After losing their last game and Head Coach before the playoffs, and with the team’s morale at an all-time low, the Warriors knew that quitting was not an option.
With no Head Coach and main financial supporter, rumors around the league were that the Warriors would not be joining the PAFL Season 3. With the PAFL season 3 drawing near, the Warriors knew they had to step it up not just on the field, but on the sidelines too. Finding financial support, gear, and uniforms was a major obstacle coming into 2018 for the team.
Joel Catayong, running back and linebacker for the Warriors, was in talks with Energy Athlete’s, a Non-profit organization located in San Marcos, California, which helps in the development of kids football skills, football knowledge, and training. Catayong was able to obtain a donation from Energy Athlete’s in the form of shoulder pads and helmets for the Warriors. This move by Catayong gave a glimmer of hope for the possibility of a PAFL season 3 for the Warriors.
Jeff Deperio, defensive end and team admin also played a big role in getting the team back on its feet. With his help, he was able to bring the local community together to help support the team financially for the upcoming season.
Since the league and games are located in Manila, the team was very fortunate to have had the help of Norman Tuzon. Mr. Tuzon has been in talks with Olongapo City’s local government. With his help, the Olongapo City government and Mayor Rolen Paulino has provided the team with transportation and use of the Olongapo City Bus to all PAFL 2018 games.
Another big contributor to the team was EAH Sports Complex, located in Subic, Matain. Sisko Inocencio and Jeff Deperio were able to lock down a major sponsorship with the owner of the sports complex, Yoshikoson Haddon. EAH Sports Complex has provided the Warriors with a new design and brand new uniforms for the PAFL 2018 season.
It has been a tough road for the Warriors since the end of last season, but they have come a long way since then. The road ahead does not seem to look any easier, but the Warriors seem to be on the 5-yard line, ready for their last push into the end zone, ready to take on the competition the PAFL has to offer. “Winners never quit and quitters never win” is the way the Warriors are going in and the way they’re going out. “Apo on me, Apo on three!”
Come and watch the Warriors as they take on Datu on September 1, 2018 at 5:00 pm.
The Olongapo Warriors are always looking for new players to join the team. They hold free tryouts on Sunday’s 3:00 PM Remy Field, Olongapo City, SBMA. Bring water, extra clothes, cleats or athletic shoes.
For more info on the Olongapo Warriors visit the facebook page. https://m.facebook.com/OlongapoWarriorsTF/