Athens Review, Athens, Texas

July 29, 2013

Athens league assists

League reaches out to kids who were swindled

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — Youngsters who were denied a chance to play football in Cross Roads this fall because of missing funds will get a helping hand from the Athens Jr. Football organization.

Athens Jr. Hornets Football  has set a fundraiser set for Saturday, Aug. 3 at Groom and Sons to help raise money for the upcoming season. Athens representatives will be selling baked goods and hot dogs beginning at 11 a.m. and lasting until the items are gone. The Athens organization is raising funds for the upcoming season and offering help for any of the Cross Roads youths who were left without a team when their league folded.

Tracie Lyda, a mother whose child is involved in the Athens football organizations, said anyone who wants to help with scholarships for the Cross Roads youth who had been signed up to play in their league can contact her at 903-804-7086.

“What we really need is for anyone who needs a scholarship and did play in Cross Roads, to contact us, so we can get a head count,” Lyda said.

Lyda hopes parents and sponsors will continue to trust the Athens football organization, in spite of the unforeseen problems that developed in Cross Roads.

Athens Jr. Hornets Football will hold a couple of more fundraisers in the near future to help with the expenses of the new season. 

“We are an established team. We’ve been in existence for five years,” Lyda said.

The Athens team plays under  the same parent organization as the Cross Roads team would have.