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Sandsharks make it official

February 14, 2006 - National Indoor Football League (NIFL) - Charleston Sand Sharks News Release

The Charleston Sandsharks are ready to test the waters of the National Indoor Football League. At a press conference on Thursday at the North Charleston Coliseum, Mayor Keith Summey was presented with an official team jersey, complete with his name on the back and proclaiming his honour as the ‘#1 Fan' of the newest entry on the Charleston sports scene. When told that he might be recruited by the team, Summey joked, "yes, but only for the bench." On a more serious note, the mayor said that he "is looking forward to attending some games this season and I think the partnership between the NIFL and the Charleston area will be one of mutual benefit. It's great to be able to welcome the franchise to the community. For all the fans of hard hitting, intense indoor football, it's going to be great."

Team President Jason Parker unveiled the new team logo to the throng of reporters and business leaders who attended the hour long luncheon, and drew praise when he debuted the new team colors and Sandsharks jersey. He was encouraged by the number of business and community leaders who came to lend support and spoke of ways those associations could be of mutual benefit. "It's great to see that businesses, both local and national, are interested in becoming a part of this football team. I feel we have a viable product that can offer itself through sports and entertainment in helping o ther companies make their products and services known to the area. It's a win-win situation for all concerned."

Parker also introduced Damon Ware as the new Head Football Coach of the Sandsharks, and he pumped up the crowd with his assessment of the team in it's initial campaign. "Through open tryouts and various forms of recruiting, we've put toge ther the nucleus of what I feel will be a focused and competitive football team. I've coached in this league before, and I know from experience it's talent level is high, with no quarter asked or taken. It's my job and the job of my assistants to get this team off to a good start, to keep it focused and up for every game. The city deserves it, the fans deserve it, and I'm gonna make sure it happens." Ware was on the staff of the New Orleans Saints of the NFL in 2001, before leaving to coach high school football for the next two seasons. He was the Head Coach of the Rapid City Red Dogs of the NIFL for two years, before leaving to take the position with the Charleston franchise.

The Sandsharks make their home debut on March 28 th against the Fayetteville Guard. It'll be Military and Government Night, with all military personnel both active and non-active receiving admission for just one dollar. Government workers will be honoured with the same one night admission price.

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