Six months after its formation, the Vilonia Eagle Football Foundation has become instrumental in supporting the Vilonia football team financially and emotionally.

When the VEFF was created in March, the initial direction of the group was preparing meals and snacks for players, while supplying their needs with the assistance of parent volunteers.

Under the direction of Johnny Reed, VEFF president, however, the focus of the group expanded to organizing fundraisers to meet the needs of players and coaches, providing quality equipment for the team’s football facilities and to build morale in the community.

"We want to organize tailgating, game activities, anything really to create a vein of communication to the community and to bring everyone together," Reed said.

As evidenced by the VEFF’s Facebook page, the group provided repairs to one of the Vilonia football field’s goal posts as well as new training equipment.

According to Reed, one of the primary reasons that building morale in the community became a primary goal of the group was the tornado that hit Vilonia in late April.

Reed said that with both the residents and the teams emotionally affected by the tornado, bringing them together during the games is instrumental in building unity and morale for everyone.

In addition to providing financial and emotional support to the football team, the VEFF arranges weekly meetings among themselves and members of the communities to discuss ways to better support the team and build membership.

To join or donate to the VEFF, visit the official website of the group,