The 25 boys who make up Park View High School’s soccer team scored a goal on Friday they’ve been striving toward all year. They won the 4A regional championship to earn them a spot in the state tournament this weekend.
But as Coach Arturo Jimenez and the players prepared for the big stage, they realized they were short on funds to get to the two-day tournament in Lynchburg, VA.
Jimenez contacted the Loudoun Education Foundation and a few community leaders to see if they could help, and the response has been overwhelming.
Dawn Meyer, director of the Loudoun Education Foundation, passed the message on that the players needed money for transportation to K. Lynn Tadlock at the Claude Moore Foundation, who said, “Done.”
Meyer presented a check for $2,500 from the Claude Moore Foundation to Jimenez at the Sterling school this morning. That’s enough to cover the cost of a charter bus to and from the tournament.
“We are all a part of the same community, so when you have these amazing student athletes who need help, we said, ‘let’s help them.’ It really does take a village,” Meyer said today.
In an email to the Loudoun Education Foundation, Jimenez said he appreciates the support from the community and the school.
“… this is not a school where parents can send in money for a bus, a championship ring (if earned), spirit wear…any of the extras that we love for our students to be able to have,” he wrote. “This team of 25 is a dedicated, hard-working group of students, many of whom work long extra hours to be able to pay their own living expenses.”
The team also launched a GoFundMe page to bring in enough money to cover food, hotel rooms and, if they win the tournament, championship rings. So far, the page has raised $3,400.
Jimenez commended his players for all of their work throughout the school year. “They are humble, hard-working and have a great positive attitude.”
In the first game of the tournament, Park View will go head to head with Lafayette High School at 4 p.m. Friday.