WEST PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A happy ending for a West Philadelphia youth football program that was in danger of losing the upcoming season, after thieves stole all their equipment. (see original story)
Preseason for the over-350 kids who play with the Overbrook Monarchs was supposed to start August 1st. However, thieves broke into the equipment trailer at Granahan Rec Center and stole all of their helmets, pads, and jerseys. They even stole a deep fryer and everything from the concession stand.
Congressman Bob Brady heard about what happened and called the team. He said he will make sure they have all they need when the season begins.
“I told them to tell those kids they’re going to have a football season and I’ll do whatever I gotta do. If I can’t raise the money, I’ll give it to them myself to recoup all the losses they had,” Brady said.
Team officials estimate it could cost up to $25,000 to replace everything. Police say they have evidence for the scene that they hope can help them find who did it.
If you want to help, you can go to the team’s website or use the contact information below.
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19151
Reported by Jim Melwert, KYW Newsradio