Vicksburg Steel Strong is an organization made up of Pittsburg Steelers fans who came together to enjoy football and to make a difference in the community.
The organization has been in existence since Nov. 4, 2018, and Antonio Felix is its president. Felix has always had love for the Steelers.
“We voted Tony as President because he is a strong and very dependable man,” said member Pat Terrell.
Felix, born in Los Angeles, moved to Vicksburg at a young age with his mother, and he graduated from Vicksburg High School in 1992.
A short time after graduation, Felix went to prison for four years on a aggravated assault charge. While incarcerated, he made the most of his time. He learned carpentry and earned a barber’s license in 1995.
After his release, Felix never looked back. Today, he lives in Vicksburg with his wife of 24 years, Marcie, and their three kids: Marcus, Antonio Jr., and Dejah. He’s also been a barber for 24 years and works at Fred’s Barbershop.
Vicksburg Steel Strong does community service work by hosting clothing drives, feeding the homeless, mentoring youth at the Warren County Detention Center and sponsoring a debutante ball, among many other things. The group also participates in every parade that Vicksburg hosts and supports Toys For Tots.
“I see this organization continuing to grow, and we have our minds right so I know we can do it,” said Adrienne Casselle.
In the past year, Vicksburg Steel Strong has made a huge impact on the community, and they have no plans to stop.
“We are firm believers in Philippians 4:13 that says, ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,'” said Terrell.
The group is about 30 members strong, and each member has a big love for their community.
“We are small in numbers, but we are full of love,” Felix said.
The members all have different stories on why they joined the organization, but they are all glad that they did.
“I am a true fan to the Steelers—inherited by my parents which is why I joined,” said club secretary Kevia Hall.
As the group’s leader, Felix is an example that people can change if given a second chance and he is paving the way for young kids to follow the right path through his mentoring. The organization brought people together from all over the community with the love of a football team, but their love reaches out to others who are having a tough time. The group is not in any competition with anyone, they just want to be better than they were the year before.
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