Money stolen from Naples football & cheerleader youth league
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CREATED Aug. 29, 2012 - UPDATED: Aug. 29, 2012
NAPLES, Fla. - The South Naples Pirates youth football and cheerleaders league is badly in need of funds after being ripped off for thousands of dollars.
Someone with access to the league’s Wells Fargo bank account stole $17,000 that was supposed to be used to pay for football gear and cheerleader uniforms.
"I just don't know how you could steal from kids," said parent Michelle Bock.
The 120 kids in the league paid $175 to be either a cheerleader or a football player earlier this year.
"Some kids (brought) in change to just to be able to play," said new president Quincy Harris.
The league now doesn’t have money to pay for the use of the football field at Eagle Lake Community Park in E. Naples or to pay for busses needed to transport the kids to several away games in Tampa next months.
Parents as well as the kids are now selling raffle tickets to raise money needed to complete the season.
"We're going to have it set up over here at the concession stand. If people want come to the park and purchase them," said Harris.
Anyone who wishes to purchase a raffle ticket to help the team out can do so by stopping by Eagle Lake Community Park on 11565 Tamiami Trail East Naples, FL 34113 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Donation can also be made at any BB&T bank to the South Naples Pirates.
Despite the setback, the children who were stolen from are not holding a grudge, but instead holding out hope.
"It's tragic but it happened… we just (have) to work through it if we really want to cheer," said cheerleader Jalisa Jeorges.
The sheriff's office is investigating the theft, but could not comment on an active investigation.