Albany Youth Sports Event Raising Funds for Equipment

ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) — Before the Albany Pop Warner team, the Georgia Heat, can start their season, they need to join hands with their community.

“Children cannot play without helmets. They cannot play without proper equipment. Safety is first,” said Georgia Heat president Ernest Christian.

The Georgia Heat is a youth sports program that expands beyond the gridiron. They play sports such as soccer, basketball, and flag football throughout the year. One of his goals is to teach boys the rewards of hard work.

“We call our boys ‘hot boys.’ It stands for heart on talent. We tell them the same way they’re running for soccer or basketball or training for soccer, the more you put in. are, the more you get out, ”said Christian.

Team coach Keemon Jefferson said this type of schedule shaped him to grow up. Today Jefferson is returning as a coach.

“Parents just love to see that their kids have positive men in their lives who are really ready to be in their lives as a friend, day in and day out in their lives as a father, Jefferson said.

This year the team is independent, which means they have to raise their own money for the equipment.

Ernest Christiansen says the equipment has been hard to obtain this year because of the high cost and cost.
Ernest Christian says equipment has been hard to obtain this year due to high cost and lack of availability(wallab)

Christian said that this year the higher prices have made it harder to get what they want. The helmets they need are in good stock.

Christian is unsure whether this will change with thousands of youth programs being ordered. Each new helmet costs $250.

“You are going to spend money on a football helmet. None of them are cheap, but you get what you put your money in,” Christian said.

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During their weekend fundraiser, the team raised enough money for 3 new helmets. Christian is about 15-20 helmets short of his target of 80 helmets. He will also have to pay for 80 new jerseys for the upcoming football season.

Georgia Heat raised funds through a BBQ this weekend.
Georgia Heat raised funds through a BBQ this weekend.(wallab)

The program is still seeking community support. Christian says his goal is so that the only thing parents need to worry about is paying for registration, not paying for shoulder pads.

Anyone can donate or get more information by contacting the team through their Facebook page.

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