WORCESTER – The Worcester Cowboys are the New England Regional Champions after going undefeated this season and have been invited to the 2017 American Youth Football National Championships in Florida next month.
But they need your help. And there isn’t a lot of time.
The 27 members of the Cowboys’ U12 Blue Team need to be in Florida from Dec. 2 to Dec. 10 to participate in the National Championships and it’s going to cost nearly $30,000 for all 27 players to make the trip, according to the team’s GoFundMe page.
As of Friday afternoon, the team had raised only $815 of their $30,000 goal.
Although each child will be responsible for their own costs of making the trip, coach Marty Hanus – who created the GoFundMe campaign – wrote on the team’s page “Can you imagine being a 12 year old city kid with the opportunity to compete in a sport you love in Florida in December and in the same breath be told you need to come up with what can seem to be an insurmountable amount of money to live that dream?”
“Our Cowboys team has a motto, Win Every Day. What this means to them is that they should be striving for success in everything they do on and off the field. We engrain in them the understanding that it’s not just about the sport of football. It is their responsibility as maturing young men to be upstanding citizens. They are to respect their parents and their teachers, excel in the classroom and help those less fortunate than themselves.
“Now on top of everything else, we’re asking them to climb a mountain they lack the tools to scale.
That is why we need you to join our team. Please take a moment to make a donation and help these young men become a part of something greater than themselves,” Hanus added.
To make a donation, please visit the Cowboys’ GoFundMe Page.