The Lehigh Valley Storm Minor League Football Program provides a progressive well organized program and culture where young men have the opportunity to grow and gain success as athletes, students of the game, community members and friends. It provides a structure of encouragement and leadership which mentors and supports the athlete’s goals and aspirations in developing and follow-through of their life objectives.
Provide the opportunities and instruction to assist our athletes in not only developing their athletic skills but mentor them and work with them to learn to make positive decisions in all aspects of their lives, be it family, athletics, friendship development, community involvement, or career directions. We will emphasize their, social, emotional, spiritual, physical and cultural development through programs and activities to address these areas on an ongoing basis. We are intent on developing the total individual.
The purpose of the Lehigh Valley Storm is to provide a sport oriented entertainment value to the Lehigh Valley. The organization will promote the fundamentals of football. The fundamentals include development of leadership, character, sportsmanship, tolerance, discipline, and athletic ability.
The Lehigh Valley Storm has made a commitment to provide quality family entertainment to our community. Through community partnerships and the support of local businesses and organizations, the Lehigh Valley Storm will achieve its goal of developing into a notable and worthwhile community-enriching program.
The Lehigh Valley Storm minor league football organization was created in 2010 by Founder/GM Steve Lombardo. A native of New York, Lombardo also owns and operates Lumpy Lou’s Bar & Grill located at 212 South 15th Street in Allentown, PA.
Entering their 5th season, the team collectively known as the “Storm” has made the playoffs each of the last three years; including one division title and a trip to the Gridiron Developmental Football League (GDFL) Championship in Memphis last summer. Players are typically local, between the ages of 18-40, and of adult amateur status (no compensation). However, the talent spreads from the Lehigh Valley to Philadelphia and across the Tri-State region.
Originally sporting a characteristic angry thundercloud wielding a lightning bolt, the Storm revamped their logo in 2014 with their return to Major League Football (MLF). The new emblem now features a sleek, spherical design with several streaks of lightning inside; plus a redesigned vibrant bolt and the aura of a cumulonimbus cloud surrounding the team name. The signature black, white, and grey color scheme remains unchanged.
As always, by having the strength of an excellent core group of players and staff, this first-class organization is continually finding new ways to improve. The Storm has reached out to local schools and universities for support, resources, athletes, interns, and any additional assistance that can be provided. Consequently, this one-time “grass-roots” operation has quickly turned from a small group of driven people into a dynamic, energetic, and cohesive unit willing to make a difference and show how adult minor league football can be highly successful at an elite level.
Off the field, Storm personnel are constantly involved within the community as well. Some of these organizations include Camelot for Children in Allentown, Judith Adele Agentis Charitable Foundation, and the Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley (both located in Bethlehem). Players, coaches, and staff form personal relationships and lasting bonds with the children from these establishments that exceed well beyond merely hand-shakes. Everyone feeds off of the positive energy that is created and is very excited to continue to build even greater rapports with them in the years to come.
Do you want to help the Storm become the best it can be?
Our organization is always looking for volunteers to help out at all levels. Click Here to learn more.
The Storm is always in need of sponsors. Home field costs, transportation and league fees are just some of the challenges we have each year. We look to keep our game day gate fee to one of the lowest in the league and need your help to keep it this way. Your sponsorship will help keep our brand of football around year after year. Give us a call.
Still don’t see something that fits in your range? Did you know you can sponsor our team in many different ways? Perhaps you work somewhere that will lend a hand with goods or services in trade. If you would like to sponsor the team and create a relationship that could benefits both parties give us a call today and we can talk about how to we can work together.