FUNDED!! Coach Cole's Soccer Team

$11,725 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 71 people in 39 months
Help Coach Cole raise the funds needed for his awesome Sheffield High School soccer team!!
As many of you know, most high schools do not fund their sports teams, and it is up to the community to do so. However, when your school is in a community that does not have extra funds to help, it can be a real struggle to have any sport, especially a soccer team. Most of Coach's players are African/ Central American immigrants or from immigrant families with a passion for soccer....but passion alone does not pay expenses. Each player has already raised enough money to pay for their uniforms and insurance, and NOW Coach needs to raise the money to pay for REFEREE fees, TRANSPORTATION fees (bus and driver to each away game ...Shelby County Schools does not allow players to drive themselves!!), and NEW EQUIPMENT as needed. If they DO NOT raise this money, they WILL NOT have a 2015 soccer season!!! THEY WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PLAY!! Please, let's NOT let these kids down! Let's help Coach Cole lift these kids UP!!! They NEED soccer !!!
Thank you so much for your support!! 
Please, please share this campaign with friends and family!!

Love and thanks!
Meridith Cole (Coach's wife)
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What an AMAZING summer!!!! First, an awesome private donor pledged to purchase ALL NEW UNIFORMS for the team, another incredible donor has donated a TON of MUCH NEEDED training equipment, AND a beautiful, generous couple has donated $10,000 to Sheffield High.....$8,000 specifically for the soccer program!!!!! This is going to be not only an amazing year for these kids, but an awesome boost to the future of Sheffield soccer, the community, and all of the kids!!! We have set up a Facebook page to share updates with all of our friends, supporters and community. We look forward to showing all of you just what your generosity and love will be doing! This is the link : https://www.facebook.com/friendsofsheffieldhighsoccer
In the next few days....after I have saved all of the lovely messages of support over the last several months....I will be closing our GoFundMe, so our new Facebook page will be the only source for updates.
Thank you ALL again!!!! YOU did this!!!
Love and thanks,
Meridith & Jonathan Cole
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Dear supporters,
I have changed our goal to $10,000. My reason changing the goal is because the original goal for $2500 was reached and spent on the regular season costs. We put out a plea for help with the expenses for going to the State Tournament, and since then have raised an additional $1,125!!! We are truly amazed by your support and we are all so grateful! This money is being used to pay back the money we borrowed to feed the kids, pay for the hotel for 2 nights, and pay for our charter bus and driver that stayed with the team and ensured they got there safely and to and from their games! I am sure if you add up the costs of all of that, you will see we still do not have enough to have that debt paid back to the school. We are so thankful for our principal stepping in and making sure these boys didn't miss their opportunity and experience of a lifetime going to state by loaning us the money, but we must pay them back. As you know, schools are underfunded already, and the sports are funded through donations and the community. It is our hopes that we can balance the books at Sheffield and begin raising money for our Soccer account for the 2015-2016 year!!! We have big dreams for this next year!! It is our hope that SCS acknowledges our efforts and fixes our field so this team has a LEVEL, NON-FLOODING, and SAFE field that they can not only practice on, but finally have a REAL HOME FIELD to play games on!! We want to raise money for new goals and nets, new practice equipment, cleats and shin guards for players that need them, new coolers for practice and games, ice, referee fees, bus fees for all away games (which is required and about $115/game), pre-season tournament fees, new balls (#5), and this time, be prepared for State tournament expenses!!
When we started this GoFundMe, we had no clue how much everything cost. We have paid out of our own pockets just like you, because we knew this team needed our support! We managed to have a soccer season by determination, a whole lot of juggling and being thrifty, smart, and having a lot of faith in everything working out!!! ....and because of YOU....IT DID!!!!!
So, once again, we need a push to pay off the debt of sending these boys to state.....then it is fundraising time for the next season!!! I will post when we have finished paying down the debt. We will not know until Monday how much we have accomplished with this. After our debt has been paid, I have decided to keep our fundraiser here instead of starting a new one, because many of you are already sending us well wishes for a great new season!! This is the best way to update everyone!!
So, this is why our goal has raised....the good part is we have a little time.....way more time than we had when we started this the week this past season began!
Again, thank you for all that you have done for Jonathan and these boys and their families!We are all forever grateful and this experience has truly been life changing for all involved!
We thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
Meridith, Jonathan and the awesome Sheffield High School Soccer Team!!!! Go Knights!!
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Dear friends, supporters....I am in tears!!! Just returned home from after traveling on the interstate boohooing my eyes out listening to Jonathan's interview and listening to Geoff's "the wrap"....only to come inside, open my computer to several sweet messages and donations from new supporters. Needless to say, the tears have not stopped!!! What an amazing tribute the interview and commentary was to Jonathan, the team, and teachers in general. If you missed it, this is a link to copy and paste that will take you to today's podcast. It starts around the 30 minute mark. http://media.espn929.com/device/mobile/a/105533891/the-geoff-calkins-show-hour-2-5-22-15-w-jonathan-cole-of-sheffield.htm
As for all of our new supporters....I will be sending Thank you's your way! We've never had this many at once!!! I can't wait for Jonathan to read them and the team as well!! My first duty today before I get to that is preparing something special for the seniors who graduate tonight! Again, thank you so much!! We are humbled and excited about the possibility of what we can do for these kids in the coming year!!!!!
Love and thanks to everyone!!
Meridith Cole
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Friends & supporters, it has been a wild ride to Murfreesboro. I will try and post updates, photos, and send all of our recent donors thank-you's in the next couple days. We are home and tired and well, just taking in how incredible this season was, and looking forward to creating a Booster Club for this program! These kids deserve a great field of their own...one they can play on without getting hurt, and actually have a home game! I just wanted to thank everyone again! I have too many things I want to post and share but I need to get organized. Until then...here is the sweet story Action News 5 did today when the team returned home.... http://www.wmcactionnews5.com/story/29129141/soccer-team-overcomes-challenges-to-make-it-to-state-tournament
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$11,725 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 71 people in 39 months
Created February 20, 2015
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CD
$8,000
Community Donor
33 months ago (Offline Donation)
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Donation made directly to Sheffield High for the soccer program!!!

TH
$50
Ted Horrell
36 months ago

Congratulations to your team and to you as an educator and coach!

BF
$500
Betsy Friedl
36 months ago
3
3

Memphis Ice Machine Company gladly donates to this worthy cause. Good luck young men and Coach Cole. We hope this helps in your quest to return to the state tournament next year and win it!!

HS
$25
HP Swag
36 months ago
2
2

Happy to help this team and the sport of soccer grow in this city.

GG
$25
Greg Graber
36 months ago
1
1

on behalf of Lausanne Collegiate Middle School..... Proud of you guys!

LJ
$50
Lexie Johnston
36 months ago
1
1

It is a privilege to support a team like this.

JM
$25
jonathan martin
36 months ago
1
1

I loved your Calkins radio interview and the story of your team! Thanks so much for making Memphis a better place! I will be rooting you on next year to win the state title!

JL
$15
JT Levin
36 months ago
1
1

Happy to donate to a program on the rise. Good luck next season fellas.

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