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Tallahassee Soccer Club donates soccer equipment to Griffin Middle School ahead of playoff game

Posted at 5:31 PM, Dec 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-04 18:27:51-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — A Tallahassee middle school was in need of some better equipment for their soccer team. Thanks to the leadership from the Tallahassee Soccer Club, they helped make that holiday wish come true.

A time of the year when giving back is at its highest point.

This is exactly what the Tallahassee Soccer Club did when team president Chris Petley saw a need from the boys soccer team at Griffin Middle School.

"We were approached a couple of weeks ago to know that the Griffin Middle School Soccer Team was in need of some cleats and some gear so we did what we could and we wrote a check to them to support them," said Petley.

A donation from the Tallahassee Soccer Club helped get the boys ready to go as they prepare for their playoff game next week. Griffin Middle School Teacher and Athletic Director Nick Dombek says this means a lot to the program and the kids.

"It's really been awesome for our boys because not everyone can afford it," said Dombek. "In this season, it's all about giving. For the community to reach out and help us out ... it's really been fantastic."

Two of the team's captains say this is something they will never forget.

"It's a blessing to have donations because not everybody... we have futbol players who just want to play the sport and have fun, but they didn't really have the right cleats or shin guards for it," said Landon Davis. "To have a donation is awesome."

"It helps us know that a lot of people not from the school help support our soccer team," said Anthony Banegas. "It really means a lot to us."

It's also an inspiring learning opportunity for the boys.

"It teaches these kids a great lesson," Dombek said. "If you have the opportunity to give... you really should give."

Thanks to the donations, all of the boys will be ready to go for their playoff game next Monday night at Gene Cox Stadium against Fort Braden at 6 p.m.