Semi-professional football in the valley

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By Clarisa Robles

Sports Editor

The Coachella Valley’s very own semi-professional football team, the Desert Chiefs, will be playing at Shadow Hills Football Stadium on Saturday, September 21 at 7:30pm. Earlier this year, the Desert Chiefs held tryouts for men, eighteen and over, and from all over the valley, giving them opportunity of a lifetime. Every one of the potential team members got the opportunity to showcase their skills and abilities, in hopes of making it onto the team. No doubt, they all fought long and hard under the desert sun to earn a spot onto the newborn team. On May 10 2013, Rosie Welmas, the owner and manager of the football team, held a press conference in the Lit Room of the Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino, announcing the future plans for the Desert Chiefs. The press conference established the official coaches, board of directors, and staff. Not to mention, 40 men were signed onto the Desert Chiefs that morning, officially making them the 9th team in the California Football Alliance League. After just 6 weeks of practice, the Chiefs loaded themselves onto a bus and began the journey to their first scrimmage as a team, in Perris, California. Three of the five remaining games are just a short drive away, at Shadow Hills Football Stadium, located across the I-10 at 39225 Jefferson Street in Indio. A permanent home stadium is being built for the team, which is hoped to be ready for use by the next season.

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