7 years later, on May 29, 2017 they just won their 2nd State Championship by going 4-0 in San Marcos, TX. Now they are going to compete in the Regional Championships in Greensboro, NC June 22 - 29.
Needless to say, getting 18 boys and 3 coaches from Houston to Greensboro, and feeding and housing them for a week is not going to be cheap. Some of our expenses include:
21 plane tickets - $10,000 est.
2 rental passenger vans for 7 days - $1,400 est.
5 hotel rooms for 7 nights - $3,000 est.
A ton of food (these boys can put away some grub) - $6,000 est.
Plus other miscellaneous expenses. Basically we are looking at over $20,000 or $1,000/player.
These boys have been together for a long time and have learned the value of persistence, determination, family, and hard work. 7 of the boys graduated from High School last week. 5 of those are are headed to college in the fall. Some of them will be the first ones in their family to go to college. The other 2 graduates are going to chase their dream of playing professionally. The other 11 will be seniors next year.
This will be the last run for the Gunners Black 1999/2000 team as it has stood for 7 great years.
While some of the families can afford to $1,000 to send their their son on the trip, many cannot. We are organizing several fundraisers to help reduce the cost that each player/family has to pay, including this GoFundMe page. Any donation is greatly appreciated and will go directly to the team's expenses. You can donate to the team or to the players individually.
Thank you for support and love throughout the years!