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SHOPLTS.com is giving away 40 free football uniforms to one worthy high school team. We received entries from hundreds of schools telling us why their team and players deserved new uniforms. From financial hardships, to championship wins, we were overwhelmed and humbled by the responses. All of the teams and coaches that entered have a lot of heart and all seemed extraordinarily worthy. Our judges faced a difficult decision in narrowing the entries down the finalists.
Here are the Finalists in the SHOPLTS.com Football Uniform Giveaway:
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“Our school is about 70% free and reduced lunch and many of our students that live in single parent homes. With that said, our athletes are fighting other battles before they even think about their competition. …the uniforms were ordered from the previous coaching staff, which was ordered incorrectly. We have some jerseys with wider numbers than others. We have some jerseys that are the wrong size for the numbers. For instance, we have our 50-79 numbers in a size Large. This is a problem because our offensive linemen are supposed to wear those numbers. IN order for some of our biggest linemen to play we have taped 7’s over our 9’s in our 90’s numbers to be eligible to play offensive line……This program has had 3 head coaches in the last 7 years. There is no continuity in the program. Our staff at Case high school is trying to establish a culture of winning and continuity. The new look that we are trying to create will create a enthusiasm around this program that will make momentum for years to come. There is no way that I could ever provide that to these deserving athletes without your help.”[/expand] [expand title=”Delaware Military Academy” tag=”h2″]Delaware Military Academy Entry Excerpt:
The 2015 Season was very special here at the Delaware Military Academy. Not only did the team record their best record in school history at 9-1 we also were privileged to have the best Honorary Captain any team could ask for. When the team was selected to play in the DFRC Kickoff Classic, which raises awareness for children with disabilities, we were asked to select a team buddy or honorary captain to help support the cause. I immedialtley thought of one my friend’s son. His name is David Ulp and he is a ten year old boy with Down Syndrome as well as some other ailments that compounds his disabilities…..What is so special about this is not just that David served as our captain for that one game but he was our captain for EVERY game…..David was a true inspiration to our team and we have developed a biond which will go well beyond this season. In fact, several of our players have continued to spend time with David outside of school by taking him to the movies, sporting events and spending time with him. My players have not done this for notoriety, they are just great kids and so is David. [/expand] [expand title=”Doddridge High School” tag=”h2″]Doddridge High School Entry Excerpt:
“Where do I start? As the Head Coach of the DCHS Bulldog Football Team I can tell you that the young men on this team are exceptional. During this past season we were 5-5, but what we did off the field was outstanding. Throughout the course of the season we had players volunteer to read to children during their summer break. We took a team visit after school up to a local rehabilitation center (Genesis) where our players visited and encouraged the patients, we honored 2 young people battling cancer during a game in September by having them lead us onto the field at game time ( we also wore Gold jerseys in honor of childhood cancer month (check out the attached pic) and we gave a donation to help their battle of cancer, we had a WV scholar athlete of the week, one of our players that started both ways only has only one arm( #16 from the attached pic – he was voted one of the captains this season) and at the conclusion of the season some of the senior players volunteered their time to paint some rooms at a local animal shelter……We started out 0-3 and then won 5 out the last 7 games to finish 5-5, The character of the players on this team was amazing…..It would also be extremely fitting, as our team has given of their effort and time this year to our local community, the jerseys would be an awesome gift back to them”[/expand] [expand title=”Dunnellon High School” tag=”h2″]Dunnellon High School Entry Excerpt:
“Dunnellon is a typical small town with small town sponsors. Our community is hit from all sides while trying to support all the HS programs as well as the youth sports. With a limited amount of sponsors this just spreads the funds very thin. We have finally just gotten out of a $24,000 deficit that really hurt our program…..We would be very appreciative of anything that comes our way.”[/expand] [expand title=”Mabton High School” tag=”h2″]Mabton High School Entry Excerpt:
“Our community is one the poorest in the state of Washington with 100% free lunch program at the school. I have tried fundraising for the football team for the past 5 years with little success. We have had to use our little money that we receive on helmets and shoulder pads. These are great kids and deserve the best. I drive an hour each way to teach and coach in Mabton because I love this community so much. They just don’t have the resources to help pay or even participate in the fundraisers because of their lack of funds. We just got the football program turned around after it was one of the worst in the state. We made the State Playoffs for the 1st time in 11 years which was awesome for this small town and for these wonderful kids. I would love the opportunity for free jerseys these kids would greatly appreciate it and so would the wonderful town of Mabton.”[/expand] [expand title=”Port Charlotte High School” tag=”h2″]Port Charlotte High School Entry Excerpt:
“Winning is very important to our program, but it is not the only thing that we strive for. Our mission statement that we live by day in and day out is “Our goal is to win championships, but our mission is to help young men become men.” I tell our staff every day that if a young man does not leave our program a better man then we have failed him.
I once heard a very successful coach at a coaching clinic say “I can’t hear what you are saying because your actions are so loud.”….. Outside of teaching our kids football we provide them with numerous opportunities to grow as young men…..The four pillars we focus on are educationally, physically, emotionally and spiritually helping them become the best they can be. We don’t just talk about being the best in these categories we provide our athletes the tools to strive towards perfection in each of these areas. We attack the first pillar by providing every one of our athletes with a private tutor all year round. In addition to this we offer summer school free of charge where our kids have the opportunity to make up any classes that they did not do well in during the previous school year or want to get ahead…..The second pillar, physical development, is approached through a year round conditioning program. In order to play in our program it is a year round commitment. This program is very physically demanding from the meeting rooms, to the weight room and on the practice field…… The third pillar, emotional development, is mainly developed through two programs. The first program is our career-building program where we bring prominent business leaders in to speak to our kids every Tuesday before practice. The second program is our Habitat for Humanity program where every one of our kids are required to participate and build houses on Wednesdays during the summer in addition to our mandatory workouts. This program has taught them the value of giving back that we hope they will carry with them for the rest of their lives…… The fourth and final pillar is spiritual development. We provide our kids with two team chaplains which have two different styles in order to try to reach as many kids as possible. Our two team chaplains provide weekly bible studies for our team, pre-game meal prayer, and have taken an average of 20 kids per year on week long Young Life trips in the Carolinas for the last three years……I am very passionate about what we do because every day when we come to work I feel like we have a chance to make a difference in a young man’s life…..Coaching is about relationships and we take that very seriously. We have our kids in our homes for dinner every Wednesday night after practice and make sure we take every kid who plays for us fishing before he leaves our program. I have included one picture from each of these events. Your donation of uniforms would allow us the opportunity to do even more things such as this.”[/expand] [expand title=”Woodland High School” tag=”h2″]Woodland High School Entry Excerpt:
“In the spring of 2015 the Woodland Wolfpack Football program lost one of its’ promising stars. Our young brother Zach Roberson departed this earth after a horrible automobile accident. This tragedy rocked the Woodland community. Zach was an outstanding young man with a big heart and a great smile that attracted many of his peers to reverence and respect him. During this tragic event his mom, Ms. Kathleen Robinson envision a legacy that she wanted the program to remember Zach. So to assist the Wolfpack football team Ms. Robinson asked family, friends, and the community to send money to the school’s athletic department in lieu of flowers…..The 2015 season’s theme was “Once Family, Always Family.” We were able to honor Zach a number of times this season. We purchased stickers to go on the players’ helmets, his number “68” was painted on the field for each home game, and players walked out each game with the number 68 jersey hand in hand. Ms. Robinson served as an honorary captain during the first home game and lastly at our banquet an award was named after Zach. The “Carpe Diem” Courage Award was bestowed upon senior Keshon McGruder, who exemplifies what it means to seize the day. Keshon endured some hardships this year but he did not allow it to stand in his way. He rose above his circumstances and obtained great success on and off the field.
It would be a great honor to present Woodland High School Wolfpack Football team with new uniforms in the names of Kathleen and Zach Robinson.”[/expand]
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