STRIKE FORCE LAUNCH COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT PROGRAM

by Tori Pizzuto

 SAN DIEGO, California (January 20, 2020) – The Strike Force announced their Community Spotlight Program in prep for their 2020 IFL season kicking off this March. The program aims to bring awareness to area organizations and provide military personnel, families, and youth the opportunity to attend a professional football game at home in San Diego.

“As an organization, we came together before the season and made it our mission to inspire and unite our community through an exciting sports entertainment experience,” said Strike Force General Manager Ryan Eucker. “Our spotlight program is being developed to give back to the community so as we grow as a football team in San Diego, we create awareness about local programs and people that are doing some amazing things off the field.” 

For each of the Strike Force’s seven home games this season at Pechanga Arena San Diego, the team will match up to 1,000 tickets that are purchased on a single game or group ticket basis to donate to local organizations. 

Beneficiary organizations of the program will be identified by the team with the game-by-game goal of getting one thousand tickets into the hands of local programs’ members, volunteers, and staff. Community spotlight partners and our Strike Force fans may also provide recommendations and requests for local organizations as the program develops. 

The Strike Force will kick off their 2020 home schedule in Week 2 against the Cedar Rapids River Kings on Saturday, March 14 at Pechanga Arena San Diego at 6:05 p.m. PT (doors open at 5:05 p.m.). 

The Community Spotlight Program’s headlining organization for the home opener will be STEP (Support The Enlisted Project). The San Diego nonprofit assists active duty enlisted members and recently discharged veterans and their families in Southern California who are facing financial crisis achieve long-term financial self-sufficiency through counseling, education, and grants to alleviate critical near-term obligations. The organization relies 100% on community gifts as a 4-Star Charity Navigated rated organization. To donate, visit www.stepsocal.org/donate.

The Strike Force will be partnering with STEP this Saturday, January 25 for their Warehouse on Wheels (WOW) distribution. The STEP truck visits local bases throughout Southern California to ensure active duty and Veteran families have what they need. During the event, they distribute diapers, wipes, clothing, hygiene products, household goods, and food to offset expenses for military families facing financial hardship. 

In-kind donations help offset program expenses as well as alleviate the cost of some critical needs for STEP beneficiaries and families. When a basic necessity is provided, families can redirect those funds to debt reduction and savings, helping them stay on the path to financial self-sufficiency. For a list of in-kind donations items being received by STEP, visit www.stepsocal.org/in-kind-donations. 

The WOW program can see up to 200 area families receiving assistance during each event, impacting upwards of 800 family members. As a Community Spotlight Partner, the team’s goal is to provide each of those family members with an opportunity to attend the Strike Force’s 2020 home opener. 

“We’re looking forward to bringing some of our players and staff to help out with STEP’s WOW event this Saturday,” said Strike Force General Manager Ryan Eucker. “It’s always fun when we can get out into the community and begin building new relationships and, beyond this weekend, we look forward to partnering with additional community members to get STEP out for first home game this March.” 

Fans interested in partnering with the Strike Force’s Community Spotlight Program can call or text the front office at 619-340-1300 or visit them in Mission Valley at 3636 Camino Del Rio N Suite 120 during normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) to purchase their tickets to the home opener and future game nights.