The football team that helps first responders head to the national championship – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

A North Texas football team you may never have heard of is heading to a championship game and they need help getting there.

The Dallas Defenders team is one of 20 semi-professional teams that make up the National Public Safety Football League.

The teams are made up of police and firefighters.

They are all non-profit and raise funds for injured police officers from the families of those lost in the line of duty.

Ace Hinson, a detective with the Lewisville Police Department, is coach and president of the Dallas Defenders.

“I can’t think of a better cause and help give back to the family members of those of us seriously injured or fallen in the line of duty,” Hinson said. “It’s a feeling of complacency that’s very hard to explain.”

This season, the home team is good.

Very well.

The defenders have just completed their 4 game season.

“Happy to say we are 4-0 and have been selected to go to the championship game, the Division II championship game,” Hinson said.

They are scheduled to play Roanoke Rampage in Roanoke, Va. on June 25.

With gas prices and plane tickets skyrocketing, you can imagine what it will cost to fly dozens of players and coaches.

Now, when he’s not investigating crimes, Hinson is busy trying to raise around $20,000 in a matter of days, so the team can keep playing with determination.

Click here for more information on the Dallas Defenders and how to donate.

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