San Antonio’s semi-professional football team is hitting the gridiron for its new season and its home turf is now in Seguin.

The San Antonio Warriors are taking over Matador Stadium and making its home for the next few months.

Warriors owner and head coach Glen White said they are excited to be making Seguin their new home for the season.

“This season is about companionship. We’re willing to help in the community and to bring notoriety to Seguin,” he said. “When we started in San Antonio nobody knew about semi-football exactly. Everyone thought San Antonio was a soccer city and then we won a national title in 2004, 2009 and 2011 and we received a key to the city twice. We kind of put San Antonio on the map as far as for semi-pro football. We’d like to bring that to Seguin.”

While in Seguin, White said the Warriors want to get involved with the community’s youth.

“We want to do a lot of community service and a lot of outreach and mentoring as far as youth,” he said. “I have my players most of the time being mentors to the youth, to the kids on the football team, the kids in the community. That also applies to our cheerleaders. Anything that Seguin may have like a city cleanup or city event we want to be a part of that.”

White founded the team more than 15 years ago following the death of his mother, who was an ordained minister.

“My mother was in a coma and when she came out of the coma she had all her children around her,” White said. “When she spoke to me she said that she wanted me to give back, but I didn’t know what she was talking about and later on she died.”

A football player all his life, White decided to use the sport to help give back to his community.

“I wanted to start a football team so I can try to help guys who may have had some troubles,” he said. “Maybe they had a scholarship and got in trouble and couldn’t move up to college so I started the San Antonio Warriors. That’s the only way I knew I could help.”

Since its founding, the Warriors have held a record of 162 wins and 40 losses.

They’ve always earned more than 20 titles including the Red River Classic Champions — Joplin, Missouri National Championship; Texas State Championship; and the Semi-Pro BCS Winter-Spring National Championship.

While the pre-season game was Saturday, Jan. 26, the community has the opportunity to see the Warriors in action at 7 p.m. on Feb. 23 at Matador Stadium as they face the Capital City Bison.

General admission is $10, students are $8, seniors 55 years and older are $7 while active duty military and children under 5 years old are free.

“It’s a professional experience without the NFL and CFL. It’s a professional, family-oriented atmosphere that we want to bring to Seguin,” White said.

For more information, visit sawarriorsfootball.com .

 

Valerie Bustamante is a staff writer for the Seguin Gazette. You can e-mail her at valerie.bustamante@seguingazette.com.

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