When the dust settled on the 2021 AWFC season the Tri-City Rush were left standing as Champions. But getting to that point is a story of its own and the most important part of the story is the people.

When Owner Brandon Tate came up with the Idea of launching an indoor football team in the Tri-Cities he had no idea exactly what he was in for. 

"We had a goal and a chance to build something special but we had a lot to do and little time to do it in. Including sourcing turf, sourcing building and engineering a wall system with padding as well as putting up netting and goal posts that hang from the Hapo Center. Luckily for me my number one trait is surrounding my self with good people. As soon as we understood the challenges in front of us I knew the person to approach, Matthew Hamilton." - Owner Brandon Tate.

Soon after Matt and Brandon met to discuss what needed to be done, Matt and his crew began to design and build a professional indoor wall system complete with dasher wall padding. As Matt is well known to do the system was designed and finished quickly and was sent over to the Hapo Center to be installed. 

The walls and netting were just one of the many aspects Matt oversaw for the 2021 season. He also acquired and installed a scoreboard, oversaw the painting and numbering of the turf and was instrumental in game day and facility operations making sure everything functioned professionally and was up to the Rush Standards.

At one point during an away trip the commercial bus that was transporting the Rush to and from Idaho suffered a hydraulic air leak. Luckily for them Matt was onboard and was able to fix the situation making sure the Rush made it to and from the game safely.

Matt's main goal this offseason is making sure the Rush enter the season with an overhauled turf and flooring system as well as making sure the walls and facility are even better for 2022 and everything in between. We are more than excited to officially make Matthew Hamilton and his crew part of the Rush Family. GoRush!