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Worthy Cause Countdown: This Staten Island Football Team Needs $838 For Tackling Dummies [UPDATED]

“Playing on a school team goes a long way in teaching students valuable life skills that allow them to overcome obstacles”

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NOTE FROM THE EDITORS: THIS GOAL HAS BEEN MET! BUT YOU CAN GIVE TO ANOTHER WORTHY CAUSE HERE.


From December 14 through December 25, GOOD Sports will feature the worthiest school athletic programs in need of funding.

The varsity football team at Port Richmond High School in Staten Island, New York, went 2-7 this season—not that coach Lou Vesce minds. His players, most of whom grew up in one of the city’s toughest neighborhoods, suit up for more than athletic accolades.

Many of them have experienced trauma in their lives and have difficulty coming to school. I strongly believe that playing on a school team goes a long way in teaching students valuable life skills that allow them to overcome obstacles and set them on a path to lead productive lives.

Port Richmond serves around 1,800 students, 64 percent of which live in low-income households. There are 60 ninth through twelfth graders on the varsity and junior varsity football teams, which practice separately. This holiday season Vesce is reaching out to the internet for help rebuilding the program’s stock of equipment.

The teams needs $2,318 for new blocking shields, tackling dummies, sideline markers, and weight training tools—and they’re only $838 from the goal. There are 16 days left. Please consider donating here.

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