With the football season starting for the Friendswood junior football team Beast Mode, the 120 players aged 5-12, their coaches and families thought the team would have their uniforms for the first game.
Using a Georgia company, 120 uniforms were ordered in June after communicating with the Atlanta area firm since February to get just exactly what the team needed. The cost was $12,000 and the order was paid in full in June after the parents raised the money.
Recently, the team and their families began to wonder when or if the uniforms would arrive.
They attempted to contact the company, Next Level Elite, and even tried the shipping firm who told them the tracking number was invalid.
The problem of the ordered uniforms did not have an immediate solution.
The Beast Mode officers have filed a report with Georgia police and plan to file a report with Friendswood Police.
The Florida Youth Football League, sponsored by rapper Flo Rida, contacted the team recently to tell them they are donating the 120 uniforms for the Friendswood team, according to President of Beast Mode Youth Football and Cheer Judy Harris Owens.
It was Owens who came to the temporary rescue earlier when she organized a way to keep the team spirit high for their first game by creating temporary game attire. Parents provided jerseys and volunteers cut out numbers for screening on the shirts.
Beast Mode Cheer Director Sonjia Solomon owns a tee-shirt printing business and provided equipment to accomplish the all night endeavor.
Happily, the makeshift jerseys were worn the next day and the team won their first game of the season.
With the uniform money gone, no response from the vendor and before the contact with the Florida rapper, parents had set up a GoFundMe account to try to raise $12,000 to buy uniforms from a different company.
Story by Karolyn Gephart