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Save Our Youth Gadsden looks to partner with Florida A&M University

Posted at 6:23 PM, Feb 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-02 18:23:16-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Each year, 100 kids come to FAMU with Save Our Youth Gadsden to keep them active in positive things and encourage them to continue their education.

Now the non-profit is hoping the university will partner with them to keep it going.

The organization, already working with the social works department at Florida A&M University sent a message to Head Football Coach Willie Simmons, hoping the Quincy native would help keep this tradition going.

So far they have been sponsoring tickets to a few football games each year along with transportation.

With costs totaling $6,000, they say a partnership would give these kids something to look forward to each year.

"You can't sit around and wait for people to call you up you have to knock on doors and that's what I'm doing letter writing, knocking on office doors can I sit down and talk with you and let's figure out a way to where we can share the cost of saving some of our kids," said Larry Simmons Sr, Founder of Save Our Youth Gadsden and Men of Gadsden.

The non-profit mentored youth in Gadsden County and sent kids to Florida State University's games last year.

Businesses in Gadsden and other nonprofits have also donated to get kids here.

ABC 27 reached out to the FAMU sports department for comment but we have not heard back.