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Omid Ghaffari-Tabrizi  DELRAY BEACH, FL
Update: We have had an incredibly generous offer from a member of our community - they will donate $1,000 if we hit $5,000. Can you help us do it?

I know one thing no one can help us do. Describe the gratitude and appreciation we feel towards everyone who has helped us push our goal up over and over again.

What started as an attempt to give these kids $300 worth of new shoes (for their saftey, if nothing else) has become something so much more. With what all of you have helped us raise, the school should be able to purchase all sorts of equipment, far beyond anything we thought feasible.

Playing in and with the same quality gear as the boys on the other teams will remind everyone - not just the players - that these kids are still part of the local community. They are our boys, and they aren't any different than the kids on the other side of the line of scrimmage. Next season can't come soon enough!

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From all of us at r/ExCons .

As a survivor of sexual and physical abuse from those I was supposed to be able to trust, I ended up as a young kid who did all of the juvenile facilities in Virginia. I hit the big time at 18. I received a sentence for 50 years in prison, as a result of my property crimes to facilitate a drug addiction. I ended up serving 6 as a result of a changed attitude and outlook on life. I have been home 18 years, and while it hasn't been easy, I am grateful I was able to change my mindset. We need to make sure other juveniles in the system get an opportunity to get their minds right. We need to end the cycle of recidivism.

How do we do that?

There is no magic bullet, but we have an idea about where we can start.

Let's use our experiences from our transgressions of our youth (whether criminal or not) to help kids at risk of falling off the deep end.

Recently, an article was posted on our community subreddit that made us aware of Gainesville State School:

http://espn.go.com/espn/rickreilly/news/story?id=3789373

Though the article is a few years old, it was new to us and it impacted all of us.

Who do we know?

I have personally contacted the administration and coach of this facility and after a long talk, feel we understand their needs.

What will we do?

All the funds gathered will be given to the athletics department staff at Gainesville State and they will purchase the exact items they need. Specifically, we will give Coach Henry L. Thomas whatever funds we gather in order to purchase turf shoes for the boys on the team.

Why is there a lack of funding?

Because it doesn't fit into the budget of the taxpayers. We can help change that. I know as ex-cons, it is tough financially. We often can't get good jobs or find consistent work. But whatever we can do to help these kids is a start towards a better life for everyone.

What will happen if we help?

They will grow up to be the types of people that can change everything for the rest of us that are too old or too focused on surviving to make the kind of institutional change we need. It is a small gesture, but it is the first step in trying to transform lives.

Thank you.

If you can support this cause, we would appreciate it. We know everyone's financial situation is different. I am currently in contact with potential corporate sponsors that I hope will match or exceed what we can raise for these kids. At the very least, please share this fundraiser with your network. The closer we get to our goals, the better chance we have at turning these kids lives around.

Thanks so much for reading this.

Chris /aka/ novaguy28

Last but not least, a big thank you to everyone from Kort and Omid as well.
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Update 15
Posted by Omid Ghaffari
29 months ago
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Thank you, everyone, for your help! The handoff was incredible, the stories were outstanding, and all of your help was genuinely and sincerely appreciated! Don't forget - this isn't the only juvenile detention facility that needs help. Find a local school, do what you can to donate or volunteer, and give the kids in your community a true second chance!
The kids take the check!
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Update 14
Posted by Omid Ghaffari
29 months ago
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Thank you everyone for your support! All three of us have begun our trips to Gainesville, Texas. To anyone who wanted to attend, we thank you for your support, but we unfortunately have to cut off the list at this time. However, we know you will all be there with us in spirit! We can't wait to share stories about our time there with all of you! Thanks again!
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Update 13
Posted by Omid Ghaffari
29 months ago
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We have the handoff date! Next Wednesday, August 10, we plan on heading down to Gainesville to hand off whatever we have raised by then to the school. What a wonderful way to start the football season. Thank you very much to everyone! Please, share this with whoever you can and let us raise the absolute maximum possible!
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Update 12
Posted by Omid Ghaffari
29 months ago
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We've broken $3700! This is absolutely huge. With your help, these kids are on their way to having a season to remember, without a doubt! We intend to announce the date for the check hand-off soon. Thank you all for your generosity! You have already made a difference in these boys' and girls' lives!
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Omid Ghaffari-Tabrizi
29 months ago

Joe - Sorry, by the time you had asked, we had already submitted our guest list. We'll be back, so I hope you can make it out next time! Willetta - Now, I consider us friends with the staff and students. At the time we started this fundraiser, both myself and Chris had never even been to Texas, while Kort had only visited family. Hope that clears things up for you!

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Willetta Cope Crowe
29 months ago

Omid, how are you connected to Gainesville State School located in Texas?

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Joe Younger
29 months ago

When are you planning on handing over the check? I'd like to come and be there!

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/u/NewBlueDog from reddit mentioned some of the things that people at this institution did to help him when he was there as a youth. I wish I could afford to give more.

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Omid Ghaffari-Tabrizi
29 months ago

Joe - Sorry, by the time you had asked, we had already submitted our guest list. We'll be back, so I hope you can make it out next time! Willetta - Now, I consider us friends with the staff and students. At the time we started this fundraiser, both myself and Chris had never even been to Texas, while Kort had only visited family. Hope that clears things up for you!

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Willetta Cope Crowe
29 months ago

Omid, how are you connected to Gainesville State School located in Texas?

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Joe Younger
29 months ago

When are you planning on handing over the check? I'd like to come and be there!

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