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Defiance 1636 Holds First Meeting And Reveals Logo
Rhode Island FC’s supporter’s group Defiance 1636 held its first public meeting
Rhode Island FC’s supporter’s group Defiance 1636 held its first public meeting at Craft Burgers and Beer in Pawtucket, RI. The group was founded by Ervin Vargas and Joe Sammer shortly after the team was officially announced last November.
Defiance 1636 is a group founded for fans of Rhode Island FC, intended to provide an atmosphere at the team’s matches, to help fans get involved in the community, and to give fans the opportunity to meet like-minded individuals, make friends, and find a family within the sport.
“We’re here to give the state the environment it deserves and to help grow the beautiful game in the Ocean State,” Sammer said.
The meeting overfilled Craft’s function room and seating outpaced what was readily available.
“The turnout was amazing. We filled the entire room and are grateful to everyone who showed up, including Rhode Island FC team President Bretty Luy.” RIFC’s commitment to its fans was on display, as Brett attended with a few members of RIFC’s street team,” Vargas said.
The logo, created by group member Tim Batzinger, is meant to reference the state’s proud naval history, with the swinging saloon-style doors used by tugboats forming the badge’s background, riveted along the sides. The top and bottom are meant to recall the crest of a wave, and the group’s name, Defiance 1636, serves as a reminder of Rhode Island’s history of revolution.
When Rhode Island FC kicks off in 2024, Defiance 1636 will march down from Craft Burgers and Beer every matchday to support the team, make noise, and create an atmosphere Rhode Islanders can be proud of.