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South San Francisco football players had every reason not to do what they’ve done.
Over the last two seasons, the football program has not won a single game. They’ve gone a combined 0-20. They scored a combined 20 points all of last season.
Despite all of that, the South City Warriors are working every way they possibly can heading into their first season under head coach Dion Evans, who not only points to their dedication on the field but also to one particular thing they have excelled at off of it.
“I’m going to give you a financial answer,” Evans said. “I told our kids, so I got contacted by a fundraising group, eTeamSponsor. You’re probably familiar with them. There’s a lot of people. They just called me, Logan Wolf contacted me, introduced me to himself and told me he tries to help programs raise money. It’s this email process. I’m like, ‘Man, I don’t like giving up my contacts.’”
Evans, who said he is protective of his information, was at first hesitant to the idea of fundraising.
He was never quite a fan of fundraising, but he always understood it was necessary, especially when he looked at his schedule after Wolf contacted him. Three of the teams on South City’s schedule raised $20,000.
So why couldn’t the Warriors?
“Well, it is financially unwise that three teams on your schedule will have raised $20,000, and you’re sitting here starting at the same fundraiser, contemplating not doing it,” Evans said. “So somehow it works. So I told our kids, I said, ‘Listen, we have to do this fundraiser, this fundraiser is calling us. We got to do it, so I need everybody to get 30 emails and at that time we had like 45 kids.”
From that point, Evans and company set their budget. They wanted to raise $20,000, and they were going to earmark that money for specific and necessary items.
And it did not take long for the money to come rolling in.
It took five days to raise around $12,000, and they ended up achieving the $20,000 goal without any concerns. Because of that, the players will get extra safe helmets that the professionals wear every week.
But what I learned is that fundraising for football is as essential as strength and conditioning. If you don’t do it, it’ll show up in the season. And now that we’ve done it, I can guarantee my freshman parents, especially kids who play skill positions, that their kids will be wearing Riddell Speed Flex helmets. So that whole concern about are our helmets good enough? Can they withstand concussions? Eliminated that entire conversation. Your kids have the top of the line high school helmets.”
What this fundraising shows is just the program Evans bolsters at South San Francisco. It’s one filled with dedicated players. It’s one filled with players who never quit, even after a period of when nobody would have blamed them with a 0-20 two-year stretch. It’s one filled with players who are ready to win both on the field and off of it.
South San Francisco is here to stay.
“I’m excited about what we’re doing to do on the field because I’m seeing the positive power of what we’re doing off the field leading to that time,” Evans said. “Also, during COVID-19. There’s a lot of reasons for kids to be like, ‘Look, you know what? I’m juts going to be on my playstation. I’m not going to engage the meeting. I’m not going.’ But these kids aren’t doing that. They’re showing up. They’re doing the virtual meetings. We’re speaking to them with strength.”
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