BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - It wasn't looking good Wednesday afternoon, but a last-minutedrive has raised enough money to send the Junior Bills to the"super bowl" of Pee Wee football.
It may be a basketball court they're practicing on, but theathletes are some of the best young football stars in western NewYork.
Head coach Larry Thompson said, "This summer and this springthey worked very hard to get to this point."
That hard work has paid off, 27 of the Buffalo Pop Warnerplayers are heading to the national championship in Florida. It's adream for the players that almost didn't happen. As of Wednesdaymorning, they still needed 14,000 dollars to go on the trip.
Bills Pop Warner President Keon Williams said, "This may be thefirst and only time these kids get to Florida."
They just found out on Monday they were eligible. Within threedays, the team was able to raise the 25,000 dollars needed totravel, thanks to some hefty donations including the Bills.
B&L Wholesale owners saw the story on the news Wednesdaymorning.
David Parks (B&L Wholesale Supply) said, "It piqued theirinterest and they talked to Kenny and decided to donate the$5,000."
And so now, the kids will be on their way come Thursdaynight.
Football player Andre Gamblin said, "I'm looking forward to theday that we have good game in Florida and that everything goessmoothly and we have a safe trip to Florida and we don't leaveearly and we win the super bowl!"
And late Wednesday night, Pop Warner says First Niagara Bankcame through with a 15,000 dollar donation to help with travelcosts for the team.
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