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Flag football tournament scores touchdown for tots

The 107th Airlift Wing Security Forces Squadron takes a break between games. (From left standing) Senior Airman Philip McDonald, Senior Airman Ryan Mang, Senior Airman Nathanael Flateau, Senior Airman Michael Badolato, Senior Master Sgt. Paul Wiencek, Master Sgt. Randy Shenefiel, Master Sgt. Jason Folckemer, Airman 1st Class Ben McDonald, (kneeling from left) Airman 1st Class Michael Maio and Senior Airman Jozef Moderacki. U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Peter Dean

The 107th Airlift Wing Security Forces Squadron takes a break between games. (From left standing) Senior Airman Philip McDonald, Senior Airman Ryan Mang, Senior Airman Nathanael Flateau, Senior Airman Michael Badolato, Senior Master Sgt. Paul Wiencek, Master Sgt. Randy Shenefiel, Master Sgt. Jason Folckemer, Airman 1st Class Ben McDonald, (kneeling from left) Airman 1st Class Michael Maio and Senior Airman Jozef Moderacki. U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Peter Dean

Can?t touch this Master Sgt. Jason Folckemer scrambles for a 1st down. The Sergeant from the 107th AW, Security Force Squadron, participated in the Toys for Tots Flag Football Tournament. The Tournament was organized by Petty Officer 3rd Class Daniel Teffer, U.S. Coast Guard, Buffalo Station, N.Y. and Petty Officer 3rd Class Jason Ensweiler, U.S. Coast Guard, Niagara Station, N.Y. The Tournament is anticipated to become an annual event. U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Peter Dean

Can't touch this Master Sgt. Jason Folckemer scrambles for a 1st down. The Sergeant from the 107th AW, Security Force Squadron, participated in the Toys for Tots Flag Football Tournament. The Tournament was organized by Petty Officer 3rd Class Daniel Teffer, U.S. Coast Guard, Buffalo Station, N.Y. and Petty Officer 3rd Class Jason Ensweiler, U.S. Coast Guard, Niagara Station, N.Y. The Tournament is anticipated to become an annual event. U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Peter Dean

Petty Officer 3rd Class Daniel Teffer, U.S. Coast Guard, Buffalo Station, N.Y., one of the organizers of the Toys for Tots Flag Football Tournament, puts a stop to his opponent?s forward momentum. The event received so many donations of unwrapped toys that the Marines had to be called in. U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Peter Dean

Petty Officer 3rd Class Daniel Teffer, U.S. Coast Guard, Buffalo Station, N.Y., one of the organizers of the Toys for Tots Flag Football Tournament, puts a stop to his opponent?s forward momentum. The event received so many donations of unwrapped toys that the Marines had to be called in. U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Peter Dean

Senior Airman Michael Badolato, 107th Airlift Wing Security Force Squadron charges ahead for positive yardage. The Airman along with other military, Homeland Security and law enforcement agencies were invited to participate in a day full of flag football to benefit the Toys for Tots program. U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Peter Dean

Senior Airman Michael Badolato, 107th Airlift Wing Security Force Squadron charges ahead for positive yardage. The Airman along with other military, Homeland Security and law enforcement agencies were invited to participate in a day full of flag football to benefit the Toys for Tots program. U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Peter Dean

Master Sgt. Jason Folckemer throttles the pig skin into the hands of Senior Airman Michael Badolato the play resulted in a touch down for the 107th Airlift Wing, Security Forces Squadron. The squadron spent their day at Fort Niagara State Park play in the Toys for Tots Flag Football Tournament. U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Peter Dean

Master Sgt. Jason Folckemer throttles the pig skin into the hands of Senior Airman Michael Badolato the play resulted in a touch down for the 107th Airlift Wing, Security Forces Squadron. The squadron spent their day at Fort Niagara State Park play in the Toys for Tots Flag Football Tournament. U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Peter Dean

107th Airlift Wing, Security Force members hold their own against the U.S. Coast Guard, Cleveland Station, Ohio. Both teams came ready to play for a worthy cause. The first Toys for Tots Flag Football tournament was recently held at Fort Niagara State Park. U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Peter Dean

107th Airlift Wing, Security Force members hold their own against the U.S. Coast Guard, Cleveland Station, Ohio. Both teams came ready to play for a worthy cause. The first Toys for Tots Flag Football tournament was recently held at Fort Niagara State Park. U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Peter Dean

Senior Airman Nathanael Flateau, 107th Airlift Wing Security Forces Squadron, out maneuvers his opponents for a positive gain. His opponents, the U.S. Coast Guard, Cleveland Station, Ohio, and other members of local military, Homeland Security and law enforcement agencies spent the day playing ball for the benefit of the Toys for Tots program. U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Peter Dean

Senior Airman Nathanael Flateau, 107th Airlift Wing Security Forces Squadron, out maneuvers his opponents for a positive gain. His opponents, the U.S. Coast Guard, Cleveland Station, Ohio, and other members of local military, Homeland Security and law enforcement agencies spent the day playing ball for the benefit of the Toys for Tots program. U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Peter Dean

Master Sgt. Randy Shenefiel, 107th Airlift Wing, hunts for a receiver as the coasties turn up the heat. . The sergeant lent the security force squadron a strong arm during the Toys for Tots Football Tournament held Nov. 14, at the Fort Niagara State Park. U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Peter Dean

Master Sgt. Randy Shenefiel, 107th Airlift Wing, hunts for a receiver as the coasties turn up the heat. . The sergeant lent the security force squadron a strong arm during the Toys for Tots Football Tournament held Nov. 14, at the Fort Niagara State Park. U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Peter Dean

Apparently Senior Airman Ryan Mang doesn?t fully understand the concept of flag football. The 107th Airlift Wing, Security Squadron participated in an apparently full contact Toys for Tots Flag Football tournament. Their efforts aided in raising more than $400 worth of toys for local needy children. U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Peter Dean

Apparently Senior Airman Ryan Mang doesn?t fully understand the concept of flag football. The 107th Airlift Wing, Security Squadron participated in an apparently full contact Toys for Tots Flag Football tournament. Their efforts aided in raising more than $400 worth of toys for local needy children. U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Peter Dean

Niagara Falls, N.Y. -- Fourth and long, win or loose it didn't matter much for the men and women participating in this year's Toys for Tots Flag Football Tournament held Nov. 14, at the Fort Niagara State Park, as the tots were the real winners of the day. Teams from local military, Homeland Security and law enforcement agencies were invited to play for bragging rights and the opportunity to help children in need.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Daniel Teffer, U.S. Coast Guard, Buffalo Station, N.Y. and Petty Officer 3rd Class Jason Ensweiler, U.S. Coast Guard, Niagara Station, N.Y., worked together to plan, organize and run the tournament.
"We wanted to do something for the less fortunate during the holiday season," said Petty Officer Teffer.
After much research and discussion they decided to contact the Marines that run the Toys for Tots program.
"The Marines already had the logistics worked out," said Petty Officer Ensweiler, "and it's a very worthy cause," he added.
Toys for Tots was started in 1947 by Maj. Bill Hendricks, Marine Corps Reservist, when his wife crochet a doll to give to an organization that donated toys to the less fortunate during the Christmas season. Such an organization did not exist at that time. Maj. Hendricks then decided to gather all the Marines that he could to collect and distribute toys to less fortunate children. The following year Toys for Tots was officially established by the Marines. To date more than 19 million toys have been distributed to more than 9 million needy children.
The 107th Airlift Wing, Security Force Squadron responded to the call with a full squad. They showed up with toys in hand and game face on. They were ready to play ball. There where no officials to keep score, time or call penalties. At one point during the game the unofficial time keeper couldn't be found, she was off getting lunch for her children. But no matter it was all in good fun, the teams were all playing for one common goal, the kids.
Although only five teams played in what will be an annual event so many toys were donated that the Marines had to be called in, said Petty Officer Teffer.
"The 107th brought a pickup truck load of toys with them," said Petty Officer Ensweiler, "with the other toys, we don't have the room to transport them," he said.
"For the first year I'm happy with the turn out," said Petty Officer Teffer, "next year we'll do it again and it will be bigger and better," he said.