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Dawn and Jeff Miller

Dawn and Jeff Miller were involved with the Ice Storm from the beginning of the team back in 2001. Jeff as a player, was a perennial All-Star center and Dawn, first as a member of the game day operations team, and later on “Head of Game Day Operations” have been mainstays in the organizations throughout the years. They have been BOD members and team owners for years.

Dawn worked gathering volunteers, with players and their paperwork, and coordinated vender's for souvenirs and tickets. She also created team programs and prospectus. In 2010 she was the teams league representative to the EFL.

Jeff became, along with playing at a high level on the field of play, an important part of the organization as he helped to fundraise for the team. He was very successful as he worked to provide the financial stability that the team required and enjoyed over the years.

Dawn and Jeff together helped with many charities over the years with the Vermont Special Olympics being their main focal point. They traveled all over the state helping out with events for the athletes. Ski races in Bolton and Woodstock in the winter and track and field and basketball at UVM in the summer were some events where they would recruit volunteers and provide help themselves to put on these games.

Being true to their passion for the Ice Storm, Dawn and Jeff agreed to have their wedding ceremony early on Saturday, Oct 12th 2002. This allowed time to have many players and coaches attend the wedding for there was a football game to be played that evening.

At half time of the game the newlyweds were honored on the field with the now customary stroll through the tunnel of raised helmets provided by the players and emerged to a thunderous applause from the huge crowd in attendance. The Ice Storm went on to defeat their opponent that evening and Dawn and Jeff continued on together combining their lives with the Ice Storm.

Jeff grew up in Oregon where he played AAA football at North Eugene High School. After graduation he played 4 yrs of semi pro football for the Eugene Blast of the Oregon football league.

Dawn grew up and went to school in Brandon VT.

Soon after Jeff moved to Vermont he met Dawn. A special bond grew between them and they were soon married. Together they have raised 4 children. James (the team‘s DJ), Lindsey, Nathaniel, and Phillip (the team‘s ball boy).

Jeff is employed at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters and Dawn is going to Nursing school. They reside in St. Albans, VT.

Rob Sinkewicz

Rob played football for Division I Southington High School in CT as a wide receiver, defensive back and punter from 1981 - 1984.

Went on to play four years (1985 – 1988) of varsity football as wide receiver and punter for Division II Bentley College in Waltham, MA. Won the New England Collegiate Football Conference Championship with Bentley in 1987.

Following college and moving to Vermont, Sink played 10 years of rugby with the Burlington Rugby Club and participated in three National Club Rugby Championship series events.

Joined the Vermont Ice Storm in 2001, its inaugural year, and played quarterback and punter from 2001 -2004 winning the New England Football League AA Division Championship in 2002. Was assistant offensive coach of the Ice Storm from 2005 – 2006.

Ice Storm note: "Sink" after leading the team to it's first Championship as QB with the 2002 team, stepped up for the team off from the field too. He provided sponsorships and pro bono accounting and taxes services and also worked as a BOD member and part owner of the team for many years.

Rob lives in Essex Junction with wife Christine and two daughters Amanda and Sara.

#14 QB Rob Sinkewicz hands the ball off
to #20 RB Steve Nilson

Russell Humphrey

Russ grew up in the Burlington area where he played D I football at Burlington High School. After graduation he spent 14 yrs in the military of which 6 yrs were active duty.

In the late '90s Russell joined the Plattsburg North Stars semi-pro football team. After playing for them for a few years he became a part of the nucleus that formed the Vermont Ice Storm. He was amongst a small group of Vermonters who traveled to Plattsburgh to play football, but wanted their own Vermont team.

As an Ice Storm player he was twice voted “Most Improved”. He won in 2003 as a tight end and in 2005 as an offensive lineman. Extremely versatile during his playing career, Humphrey started at every position on the offensive line including tight end. In the 2002 NEFL All-Star game Russ played tight end, offensive line and defensive line.

Also, as a player he never missed a practice in seven years. During his eight year, 2008, he got bit by a spider, had a horrible reaction, and was hospitalized. This caused Russell to miss his first Ice Storm practice.

It is a custom for the organization to recognize each player that is present at each and every practice throughout the year. Fittingly, the “Iron Man” award was officially dedicated in his name.

As a board member and former owner, Russell, along with Jeff Miller, raised the most money for the organization. In 2007 he raised over $17,000 in sponsorships just himself. Russ also sponsored the team through his own business, Big Dog Enterprise.

Russell, along with cheer coach Robyn Myers-Moore, built the Ice Storm cheer team. He also helped organize the Ice Storms involvement in Special Olympics, the Maple Fest parade in St. Albans, and the country music festival at the fair grounds every year.

A big component as to why this organization has been successful, Russell Humphrey set the bar for what it takes to be a dedicated player, successful fundraiser, and coordinator of events.

Vermont Ice Storm
"Iron Man" Plaque