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Rams D-Line to Host Paintball Fundraiser

Posted May 28, 2013


Rams defensive end William Hayes has tried multiple times to play paintball with his teammates. But, according to him, each time he’s tried, he’s been stood up with fellow end Chris Long as the main culprit.

Hayes will finally get his chance to play on June 8, though, and for any fans wanting to make sure he doesn’t have to worry about being stood up and, more important, helping out a great cause, you have the opportunity to join Hayes and the rest of the Rams defensive line.

Hayes, end Robert Quinn, tackles Michael Brockers and Kendall Langford and the rest of the fun-loving defensive line group plus other members of the Rams will host a paintball fundraiser on June 8 at Gateway Paintball in Bridgeton, Mo.

“Guys out here love to paintball,” Hayes said. “So we said what’s a way we can have an event where everybody is going to want to go and have a great time and it’s going to benefit us and going to benefit a great cause?  So we decided to play some paintball. Hopefully we can raise some money for Sack Homelessness and try to help the community.”

All proceeds from the event will go to a back to school initiative for the St. Patrick Center, which will help adopt families in need to prepare them for the start of the 2013 school year. Through the fundraiser, the Rams defensive linemen will outfit the children with clothes and provide them with personal hygiene products and new school supplies.

There are various spots open with multiple opportunities to take part in playing paintball with the members of the defensive line.

From 10 a.m. to noon, there will be tournament play in which teams of 10 will compete in a round-robin format. Each team will be led by one member of the defensive line serving as captain. The winning team will get a trophy and an autographed football and teams – which must feature players 16 and over – can register a team of 10 for $1,000. Lunch with select Rams players is also included.

For individuals looking for an opportunity to play, there will be an open play period following lunch. For $40, individual players ages 16 and older can team up with select members of the defensive line. That part of the competition will feature two large teams in addition to the players in attendance.

Hayes, the Rams defensive line and coaches Dave McGinnis and Mike Waufle helped develop the “Sack Homelessness” program in conjunction with the St. Patrick Center last year. The Rams’ league-leading sack efforts helped raise $52,000 for the cause last year with donations of $1,000 for ever sack and they’re hoping to increase it with a little paintball activity.

It’s an event Hayes is certainly looking forward to. Although he’s never played before, Hayes has commissioned the production of a special Rams edition paintball gun that he hopes to unveil on the day of the event.

The idea being, of course, that if you look good, you play good.

“Hopefully it actually works,” Hayes said. “Look good and shoot good.”

More than anything, though, Hayes hopes to see plenty of Rams fans rallying for a good cause.

“I’m excited,” Hayes said. “Guys out here love to paintball so it’s a great way for us to not only go out and have some fun together but at the end of the day know it’s all going toward a good cause.”


For more information about the paintball fundraiser, visit sackhomelessnesspaintball.eventbrite.com. You can also contact Katie Bixler with St. Patrick Center at 314-802-0681 or via email at kbixler@stpatrickcenter.org.