VIRDEN, IL (KTVI) - An Illinois high school football team is pleading for help. Players said their locker room is disgusting and decrepit.
The North Mac High School is part of a district that is not very wealthy. The state owes it money like other school districts in Illinois. Players can’t depend on the state making improvements say they’ve kicked off their own fundraising plan.
William Ladd is a player and a high school senior. Ladd said, “It’s horrible being down there. The smell is awful, we just flat-out need a new locker room.”
Before the Panthers take the field they’ve already been penalized. Coach Shane Owsley said, “We’re trying to create a home field advantage for us and make something that our kids are proud of.”
It’s impossible to be proud of the locker room. The ceiling is falls down on the students. The lockers are old and don’t lock, some of them are shared by as many as three players. Owsley added, “We are operating in the basement of a 100 year old building.”
When it rains, water comes rushing inside. Ladd said, “I walk barefoot everywhere accept that locker room because it’s that disgusting.”
Quarterback Brenna White said, “If we get a new locker room we can have something to take pride in.”
Brennan said, “All we’re looking for is support.” Owsley said, “We’re going to do as much as we can for the money we can raise.”
The coach said with $6,000 they could at least purchase new lockers. With $25,000 they could give the locker room a nice make over.