St Louis Rams football team play paintball for charity: article, video and pics added
The St Louis Rams are coming out on Saturday June 8th to play paintball at Gateway Paintball Park and you can play too.
Darryl Trent from DLX is going to be on site helping out as well as Tim Schloss, Thomas Ghee, myself and some other paintball players.
Originally Posted by John
I can't put into words how impressed I was with the St Louis Ram's organization. Nicole from the Rams had these guys on lock and not one of the players just phoned it in. They came not just to play, they came to interact with fans and raise some money for the St. Patrick Center. I saw smiles, heard war stories, witnessed a few out and out lies and saw lots of people having a great time for an even better cause. They signed autographs for anyone who asked and posed for more pictures than I could count.
There were over a dozen Rams players that showed up and I was amazed so many had their own gear and were ready to get dirty. These guys were a class act and I was honestly proud that they represent my city. I wasn't a Ram's fan until Saturday and now I'm one for life.
William Hayes was the life of this game and showed up early with a custom engraved Planet Eclipse Etha complete with the Ram's logo engraved on the lid of his hopper. What he lacked in experience, he made up with some last minute recruiting and straight enthusiasm off the field. He was a pleasure to watch off the field as he relentlessly teased his fellow players and straight stole the winners trophy.
Michael Brockers had a bright pink G6r and more paintball knowledge than I expected out of a player who has played for years. Tis man knew who Oliver Lang was, has been watching Youtube videos nonstop, wanted opinions on the best players in the world and was asking for tips on how to expand his game to shooting with his less dominant hand and grow beyond just being just a back player. He even knew of PbNation and wants to play some local 3-man events.
Eugeen Sims was probably the most competitive on the field. He wanted to win and even upgraded to a Luxe (in almost Ram's colors) before the end of the day. He knew his way around a field and put it on Hayes right away when their teams played against each other.
Rookie Terrell Brown is a a straight beast. He is 6' 11" and 400 pounds and he still wore some people out! Look out for him.
Darryl Trent from DLX was on site and even got some games in. He made up some special edition Luxes in (almost) Ram's colors especially for the event and all of them were gone before the end of the day. William Hayes not only got one for himself, when he saw one of the refs jonsing after one but short on the cash, he helped him pick one up right on the spot!
Thanks to the guys from the Luxe Mob who put down their Luxes and played with rentals to help keep the teams fair. You guys were scouted repeatedly by the NFL pros and some were even learning your names and asking how to beat you! Kendall Langford even said thanks for hooking him up with the best team. It was great to see you guys tear it up with rentals.
Tim Schloss from Gateway Paintball deserves all the credit in the world for setting this event up. He got true professional athletes, some of the best representatives from inside of paintball and true corporate sponsors together in just a few weeks. Special thanks to Thomas Ghee who actually did the scheduling and made sure everything ran on time.
One last thing about William Hayes. This man plays professional sports and still was one of the first people there at the field and even stayed late to clean up the trash left in the staging area by all the teams. He didn't stop helping the field staff out until all the water bottles, empty cases random trash was cleaned up off all the tables. I got a small glimpse of the off field work ethic that made him a true pro.
Nicho was on hand taking some pictures. Here's a quick look at a few.
Michael Brocker, Eugeen Sims and William Hayes with their markers.
Eugeen Sims last stand (he borrowed my loader and tank for his new Luxe)
Michael Brockers with his G6r directing traffic on the field
Start walking now. You should be there in time for the first game...
Originally Posted by Nick Wagoner
Rams defensive end William Hayes has tried multiple times to play paintball with his teammates. But, according to him, each time he’s tried, he’s been stood up with fellow end Chris Long as the main culprit.
Hayes will finally get his chance to play on June 8, though, and for any fans wanting to make sure he doesn’t have to worry about being stood up and, more important, helping out a great cause, you have the opportunity to join Hayes and the rest of the Rams defensive line.
Hayes, end Robert Quinn, tackles Michael Brockers and Kendall Langford and the rest of the fun-loving defensive line group plus other members of the Rams will host a paintball fundraiser on June 8 at Gateway Paintball in Bridgeton, Mo.
“Guys out here love to paintball,” Hayes said. “So we said what’s a way we can have an event where everybody is going to want to go and have a great time and it’s going to benefit us and going to benefit a great cause? So we decided to play some paintball. Hopefully we can raise some money for Sack Homelessness and try to help the community.”
All proceeds from the event will go to a back to school initiative for the St. Patrick Center, which will help adopt families in need to prepare them for the start of the 2013 school year. Through the fundraiser, the Rams defensive linemen will outfit the children with clothes and provide them with personal hygiene products and new school supplies.
There are various spots open with multiple opportunities to take part in playing paintball with the members of the defensive line.
From 10 a.m. to noon, there will be tournament play in which teams of 10 will compete in a round-robin format. Each team will be led by one member of the defensive line serving as captain. The winning team will get a trophy and an autographed football and teams – which must feature players 16 and over – can register a team of 10 for $1,000. Lunch with select Rams players is also included.
For individuals looking for an opportunity to play, there will be an open play period following lunch. For $40, individual players ages 16 and older can team up with select members of the defensive line. That part of the competition will feature two large teams in addition to the players in attendance.
Hayes, the Rams defensive line and coaches Dave McGinnis and Mike Waufle helped develop the “Sack Homelessness” program in conjunction with the St. Patrick Center last year. The Rams’ league-leading sack efforts helped raise $52,000 for the cause last year with donations of $1,000 for ever sack and they’re hoping to increase it with a little paintball activity.
It’s an event Hayes is certainly looking forward to. Although he’s never played before, Hayes has commissioned the production of a special Rams edition paintball gun that he hopes to unveil on the day of the event.
The idea being, of course, that if you look good, you play good.
“Hopefully it actually works,” Hayes said. “Look good and shoot good.”
More than anything, though, Hayes hopes to see plenty of Rams fans rallying for a good cause.
“I’m excited,” Hayes said. “Guys out here love to paintball so it’s a great way for us to not only go out and have some fun together but at the end of the day know it’s all going toward a good cause.”