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Equipment Theft Shocks Youth Football League

Andy Berg

A youth football league in Pennsylvania is looking for answers after nearly $10,000 worth of equipment was stolen from a storage container. 

The storage container at Homewood Football Field was full of football equipment, as well as some baseball and track and field gear.

“Whoever did this, shame on them,” Mubarik Ismaeli, the president of Homewood Community Sports and coach for the 9- and 10-year-old level, told Local Channel 3. “They just ransacked the whole place.”

Homewood Football has been around for about 60 years and usually has about 150 kids, ages 5 to 14, that participate.

“I just thought, wow, how could you do this to kids? No matter how you feel about someone else or anything, how could you do this to kids?” said James Bradley, a Homewood football coach for 9- and 10-year-old group.

Homewood Football had hoped to be back on the field by June 28 after the previous season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

While the coaches would like the equipment returned, they’re also hoping for some help from the community. 

“A lot of people have been reaching out and willing to support. And that’s what community is about and that is what’s so good about Homewood,” Ismaeli said.

“Some of these kids, this is all they have. It gives them chance to express themselves and let out frustrations. Some kids, this is all they have. When I was a kid the football field was home. This hurts,” Bradley said. 

The coaches have a GoFundMe page set up. They say any donation will help.

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