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Northwestern Oklahoma State University student-athletes make a difference in their communities through volunteer service on campus and in their hometowns.  They are challenged each season to become actively involved and committed to working with a charitable organization, service group or community service while maintaining good academic standing.  The positive impact that these student-athletes have made and continue to make on their communities can be measured by more than just touchdowns, tackles and receptions. By giving back to a community that supports them on the field every Saturday of their careers the Rangers have and will continue to develop team character as well as learn life long lessons of civic responsibility.


 (Left) Head football coach Keith Barefield along with the 2008 CSFL Offensive Player of the Year, Billy Barefield, volunteer to unload a large truck of cyclists' bags at the Oklahoma Freewheel's stop in Alva on June 6, 2009. (Right) All-American Lantz Mathers and Keith Barefield Jr. set bags aside for the cyclists' to pick up. 

Ranger Football Team Helps with "The Big Event"

Northwestern Football Visits Lincoln Elementary

Ten Northwestern Oklahoma State University football players visited Washington Elementary Early Childhood Center pre-kindergarten program in Alva on Friday, October 23. The Ranger football players were there to talk with children about working hard, listening to their teacher, obeying rules and about the letter “f” which was being emphasized in each classroom.


Each child had their picture taken with the players, they talked about football, tackled the Ranger players and played with the Rangers.


The Ranger players visited the classrooms of Mrs. Shannon Vore, Mrs. Jennifer Tyree and Mrs. Rebecca Miranda. Players attending were Korey Williams [New Orleans, La.], Kent McDonald [Guthrie, Ok.], Nate Guillory [Houston, Tx.], Daniel Marmon [Temple, Tx.], Blake Heintzelman [Moore, Ok.], Lantz Mathers [New Orleans, La.], Adam Aguirre [Hennessey, Ok.], Kyle Jech [Kingfisher, Ok.], Mike Hill [San Francisco, Calif.], and Dimecus Brown [Hamilton, Ohio].

Ranger Football Players Visit Washington Elementary

On October 16, 2009 three Northwestern Oklahoma State University football players paid visit to Lincoln Elementary School to have lunch with Max Parsons, son of Terri and Don Parsons, as Max was selected as the “Ranger for the Day”, which took place on Saturday, October 17 as the Rangers played host to No. 8 Langston University.


The Alva Parent-Teacher Organization held a silent auction at the PTO Fun Night. Max and his parents were the high bidder in the silent auction. For winning the auction, Max was able to spend part of the day with the Rangers prior to the Northwestern-Langston football game.


On Friday, Lantz Mathers (right), Dimecus Brown (center) and Kyle Jech (right), visited and met the students in Max’s class and had lunch with Max. During this time, they took pictures with Max and talked football. Max also received an autograph football from the Ranger team.


During Saturday, Max, along with his dad and brother, had a tour of the new Ranger Field House and met Athletic Director Bob Battisti. After the tour, Max was hosted by JaRod Jackson and visited the Ranger Locker Room, took part in pre-game warm ups and then watched the game as the Rangers upset No. 8 Langston 28-21.

Northwestern Football Helps Community - April 30, 2010

The Northwestern Oklahoma State University football team gave back to the Alva community for their support, by participating in “The Big Event” on April 10, 2010.

Eighty-five Ranger football players spent approximately one hour planting 65 trees at the Alva Rec. Complex. The trees will benefit the Alva Rec. Complex and the community.

“The Big Event” is a nationally recognized function with the purpose to strengthen the relationship between the university and the communities it serves while creating positive change. This event offers the opportunity for student organizations, faculty and staff to work together on a wide variety of projects to better the university and community.

Earlier this semester, Ranger football players Ray Grubbs (Kenner, La.) and Kyle Jech (Kingfisher, Okla.) spoke to the First Baptist Church at Fort Supply. The duo talked to students at a Youth Banquet about staying on course in life and making decisions concerning school, work, and relationships.

Northwestern Football Joins Washington School for NFL Day

Ranger players encourage elementary students on field trip

(9-13-11) A group young students got a chance to hang with the “big boys” on Tuesday morning as the Ranger football team hosted five first grade classes from the Alva community.

Five classes of first grade students from the Washington Early Childhood Center in Alva visited Ranger Field where they got the opportunity to tour the new South End Zone Complex and Myers Stadium.

During their tour of the new locker rooms and weight room, the Northwestern players compared their responsibilities as student-athletes to the responsibilities young kids have at home and school. The players encouraged the young guests to respect their parents, elders and teachers, and to take care of themselves.

Following the tours around the complex, the elementary school students and players then took the field. Ranger players join in with the kids, helping them build their skills, teaching them the basics of football.