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Local boys soccer team in need of community support
HYDE PARK, Ohio (Brad Underwood) -- The Withrow High School boys' soccer team will play in a new conference in the fall of 2014, the Eastern Cincinnati Conference (ECC).
The summer 2014 team is getting in as many practices as allowed by the Ohio High School Athletic Association. But what the team really needs is new equipment. According to head coach Tyler Barrott, he expected to have a total of 40 students on the team for next season. Right now, they only have 23 pairs of cleats, 15 practice jerseys, a couple of mismatched cones and old torn up soccer balls.
"In a sport like soccer in the United States things like shoes, shin guards are the province of the families. Our big goal in CPS is to ease the burden that we have on our families," said Barrott.
During last season, when one player was taken out, much of the gear was exchanged between the players.
"In a game when the coach switches a person, that person have to come out and switch shoes with somebody else, and the shin guards, that goes for the shirts too," said Gerald Ndayishimiye.
Ndayishimiye is a junior at Withrow, he was born in Burundi, Africa. Like many of his teammates he came to the United States to escape some of the worst living conditions imaginable. The team is made of teens from 15 different countries. Many of them emigrated from countries in Civil War and experienced hardships like poverty, famine and even genocide. In Cincinnati they just want to be kids. They just want to play soccer.
"We're trying to replace the pennies (practice jersey), some of them are ripped, we need some new shoes and cleats," said Baboucar Guy. "Most of us don't have to get shin guards and pairs of shoes."
So the team made a video about themselves and what they need to make things better on the field. The video shares personal stories from the players and shows the current condition of equipment used at each practice and in every game.
"The ones we have are torn on the side, some of them stink. If we get the new pennies, it will be useful, we can compare to other teams in Cincinnati," Said William Sebasten.
To watch the full video created by the Withrow Tigers and donate CLICK HERE.
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