Blitz gets new name and a new life in the Valley
Urban League of San Diego County president and CEO Ray King (third from left) presents a check to the Knights head coach Sean Johnson (second from left) as Jean Montenegro (left) and ULSDC administrative assistant Jackie Reed look on Friday in Calexico. (Joselito Villero)
The Blitz officially changed their name to the Imperial Valley Knights and with donations from community members and organizations from outside the Valley, is here to stay.
“I want this to be a household name, to be a Knight,” said Knights owner and head coach Sean Johnson. “It will be something special. The kids will have to do community service, talk to kids at school … something really nice.”
Johnson said he’s already receiving donations and support from organizations in the Valley.
The biggest so far has come in the way of a donation from the Urban League of San Diego County. At its banquet Friday in Calexico, the league’s president and CEO Ray King presented the team with a donation that will help them get new uniforms for next season.
“Our motto is ‘empowering communities and changing lives,’” said King before Friday’s banquet. “It’s always wonderful when we can help them achieve their goals and aspirations.”
The Knights will start their new season at the end of the high school football season. They are set to play in a new league in Arizona. This past season, they played in the Scout Dreams Football League based in Phoenix. The then-called Blitz made it to the league’s Super Bowl where they lost but gained notoriety in the Valley for their achievements.
Johnson said this new league will include the team they lost to in the championship and other quality teams.
The Knights is a nonprofit organization and doesn’t pay any players or coaches, which means players don’t lose their NCAA eligibility if they play for the Knights.
“The kids can go to IVC and still play and still keep their eligibility,” Johnson said.
There is no word on where they will play their games in the Imperial Valley.
“Imperial (High) was awesome for us. We were very deeply appreciated. We got great support from them,” Johnson said. “We would like to get that started again, at either Imperial or Central.”
The squad is still accepting donations. For more information call Johnson 760-670-1443.