Mio AuSable varsity football fundraising for new jerseys

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MIO — The Mio AuSable varsity football team is attempting to raise money for new jerseys this season to replace the ones the team has been using for nearly a decade.

Coach Jason Socia said the current jerseys and game pants have been used far longer than the recommended time.

“The other ones are 8 years old, they’re getting full of holes and stinky,” Socia said. “Really four or five years are about as long as they are good for.”

The team is hoping to get a home jersey, away jersey and pair of padded pants for up to 20 kids. Socia said that would round out to roughly $350 for each set.

The new jerseys would be specifically for the varsity team; if there is a junior varsity team this year it would use the current varsity jerseys. Socia said the possibility of having a junior varsity team this year is fairly high as there is more than double the number of kids signed up to participate than the year before. He attributed that to the switch to eight-man football.

“We’re going to eight-man and it would be nice to start that off with a fresh look,” he said. “We have 35 kids signed up, which is way more than we had last year.”

Throughout the next few months the football team will be participating in multiple fundraisers such as creating a sports calendar and hosting an alumni game. For now, the team is raising money through a GoFundMe fundraiser. The goal is to raise at least $8,000. As of March 15 the page had raised $450.

To donate to the online fundraiser, visit www.gofundme.com and search “new uniforms Thunderbolt football.” Donations will also be accepted in the Mio AuSable office.

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