ORLANDO, Fla- The Dugout Rams, a Kansas City football team made up of tough players all under the age of nine are fighting hard through their championship playoffs in Florida.
On Sunday, the Rams lost 19-7 to the Baltimore Lions, the league’s defending champs. Antwan Pettiford, the Ram’s coach, said the kids were tired from the long trip to Florida and says that didn’t help their performance. They left at sunrise Friday morning on a charter bus.
They aren’t complaining, though. The team almost didn’t get to attend the championship at all. Despite marathon fundraising, the Rams didn’t have enough money; most of the kids are from the inner city and come from low-income homes.
They held a final fundraiser, but even that didn’t get them to their goal. They had $7,000 but needed $12,000. That’s when the FOX 4 Problem Solvers stepped in and after the Problem Solvers’ report, a pair of Kansas City businessmen heard about the team’s disappointment and stepped up.
Victor Consentino of the Consentino’s Price Chopper chain and Ed Fogarty of Aspen Lawn and Landscape each gave the team $3,000 to pay for the trip.
The Dugout Rams take on the Soldiers from Wilmington, Del., Tuesday morning at ten a.m in Florida. Pettiford believes they have a shot at taking second or third place.
Best of luck from FOX 4!