By Michael Felci
The City of Indio recently announced a civic and corporate partnership with the SoCal Coyotes, a professional football team and non-profit leadership organization for local men ages 18-30. The team, which plays its games at Shadow Hills High School in north Indio, was recently named America’s No. 1 Developmental Pro Football Program.
The new agreement will help further the organization’s efforts to positively impact the community by mentoring and equipping young men to become better husbands, fathers and men. The Coyotes’ initiatives will also benefit thousands of youth in the Coachella Valley’s largest and fastest-growing city.
“We’re proud to make the Coyotes the City of Indio’s official football team,” said Mayor Glenn Miller. “Their programs help young men become trusted members of the community with sustainable incomes to support their families. The result is a better place to live, work and play for our residents.”
Each year, 70 athletes earn the distinction of “Defending the Shield” while playing for the Coyotes. A select few move on to earn a chance to play in the National Football League, Canadian Football League or Arena Football League, while most graduate into rewarding professional careers. Off the field, more than 30,000 youth (ages 8-18) participate each year in the Coyote Leadership Training program, which includes clinics, specialized academies and full season sports.