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Florida High soccer program, local eateries help each other rebuild amid pandemic

Posted at 11:34 PM, Nov 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-17 23:34:41-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — 2020 has been a rough year for many people, especially small businesses. Tuesday night in Tallahassee, the Florida High soccer program wanted to help those businesses, and in turn, those businesses are helping Florida High.

The Florida High soccer program had a problem.

"The only thing we can sell is prepacked food," said Victoria Sachs, the head girls soccer coach at Florida High. "Literally chips, candy, drinks. That's it. The majority of our sales come from our hot food. Hamburgers. Hot dogs."

The Seminoles had trouble safe certifying parents to sell out of their concession stand. The Answer? Invite local companies that could do it themselves.

"You guys come out, share the profits, we'll get you exposure," Sachs said. "You help us. We help you."

Enter Big Easy Snowballs and Gurlie's Lemonade and Sweets.

Florida High's boys and girls teams were both at home Tuesday night, and the local vendors were there, too.

"We just want to serve the community through our delicious treats and our lemonade," said Marquis Williams, the co-owner of Gurlie's Lemonade and Sweets.

"We get to hang out and meet new people and stuff like that," said Alexis Huntley with Big Easy Snowballs. "It's good exposure for both parties."

A win, win.

"Big Easy Snowballs is going to be here for every game," Sachs said. "We told him, 'we're not going to have four games every time.' They said, 'we don't care, we want to be here. If we sell $20, we sell $20.' They're just here to support us, which is just fantastic."

"Our business did struggle for a little bit," said Huntley. "I think we did well despite it, and we didn't have to close the doors. It's nice to give back what we can."

Giving back, and that's the goal for everyone.

"We'll definitely be back out here," Williams said. "It's love."

Speaking of winning, both the Florida High varsity boys and girls teams won on Tuesday 1-0 over their opponents.