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After a long stint of success in the NAFL from 2002-2005, the Indianapolis Tornados are back and are ready to restore the lack of luster in Minor League football the Central Indiana area has been missing.

More prepared, equipped and committed to change under new ownership, the Indianapolis Tornados are ready to show the city what true football fans have been waiting for.

Evan Triggs, Grant Cameron and Roger Thomas, current owners, partners and players are certain the Tornados’ new leadership will take them in a positive direction built on character, commitment, hard work and community outreach.

“We want to be more than just a football team; we want to be a community organization with valuable players who have the resources to be mentors and advocates for the community,” Triggs said.

And what sets this National American Football League team apart from any other team according to Cameron is its ability to give back to the fans and its commitment to serve youth.

“Our fans are first and foremost. The under privileged kids that don’t have an idol or who may never see a Peyton Manning will see us in the community, and they will be able to reach out to us. That’s worth more than a million dollars to me or any contract,” Cameron said.

The Tornados’ players, whose common thread is shared by the love of the game is fueled on and off the field with passion and dedication for the sport, according to the team’s middle linebacker Michael Perkins.

“I want people to know and understand that we don’t get paid for this; we just go out there and put our heart and soul on the line. This is true love for the sport right here.”

With such intensity and tenacity as a whole, the organization is set on filling a void and representing football for the city. With competitive players performing at high levels, this team is lead by example; an example displayed by coach Jerry Senter who is confident his team is going to go all the way to Las Vegas to play in the national championship.

“We were blessed to have a lot of talented individuals gravitate to our team. And our goal is to become champions, and I don’t think we will settle for anything short of that.”

Thus far the Tornados have been defeated once during its first preseason game against the Columbus Fire 9-16.

Coach Senter says, “The loss gave us an idea of what we need to revamp and work on.”

Confident and not looking back, the Indianapolis Tornados are ready for the road to success with its new beginning. The team’s season begins July 12 against the Indiana Warriors — a game Perkins says will be one of the better matches during the season.

This champion caliber team and organization representing Indianapolis whose home turf is the Carmel High School stadium is now in full throttle. With the support of its many fans and its Indianapolis Tornado dance squad, the team is ready to claim what they feel is rightfully theirs.

“We need the support of the community, and if people are interested in real football on a quality professional level come out and support us,” Senter said.

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