CENTERVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) – In two days, families of Centerville high school’s boys soccer team collected nearly 100 pairs of cleats.
On Thursday, the shoes were donated to their competition of the night, Belmont high school.
“The kids have been so gracious for everything, and just being here was enough for them. Having the opportunity to play on our facility and its been a pleasure to give back to the coach who gives selflessly to these players day in and day out,” said varsity head coach, Jeff Monbeck.
Belmont’s team is made up of students from nearly 20 different countries. For some, playing on turf is a change as are wearing cleats.
“Many of them were wearing duck taped cleats that their coach had bought secondhand,” said parent and Centerville Boys Soccer Board president, Genya Devoe.
Devoe and fellow board member, Jon Horwitz found out Belmont’s team was in need and put the drive together. They got dozens of cleats donated in less than 48 hours.
“When we told the coach that we actually had footwear and plenty for her players to choose from and all the sizes she would need, she started to cry,” Devoe said.
“We just want to see them play a competitive match, have fun have a great experience out here. It’s wet, it had been raining most of the day, it’s turf, it’s slick. You cannot play without adequate footwear,” said Horwitz.
2 NEWS tried to speak with Belmont’s coach, Julie Raiff at the game. She was tied up at the game being the sole coach for the team.
According to Centerville’s head soccer coach they’re not done helping out Belmont’s soccer program yet.
Monbeck hopes to help find the team more games to play, and help raise money so that the program will continue to grow.