Carrollton Kids Play FB Despite Lack of Uniforms

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    Uniforms for the Carrollton Youth Football League haven't reached the field after a contractor for a sports store allegedly cashed the check without permission. (Published Tuesday, Sep 14, 2010)

    There are more than 330 kids in the Carrollton Youth Football League ready to play with the pigskin. But there a problem: they still don't have their uniforms.

    Karen Brooks, the league's acting president, wants to flag an independent contractor for a uniform company for taking the league's money and not delivering a product.

    The Case of the Missing Youth Football Jerseys

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    Uniforms for the Carrollton Youth Football League haven't reached the field after a contractor for a sports store allegedly cashed the check without permission. (Published Tuesday, Sep 14, 2010)

    "I just don't understand why someone would want to do that to kids. I mean, we're a recreational league," Brooks said.

    The league is out $7,500 for the uniforms. To make it up, the league drained their accounts to just buy jerseys for the kids, but the players, ages 5 to 12, don't have game pants.

    Janie French has a child playing in the league, and said it's tougher for the younger kids to understand.

    "The younger age, this is it. I'm playing football. I've got a helmet on. I got pads. Dad's over there proud as can be. And it's a little more difficult for them because they want to show up on their first official day of football in the whole uniform," French said.

    League officials have tried calling the company where they ordered the uniforms. The company said it never received the check for the order. The man that cashed the check was an "independent contractor," and hasn't been heard from since.

    League officials filed forgery charges on him, but just want the money back.

    "I really would just want the $7,500 back so we can get our kids the pants and get on with your season. That's all I really want," Brooks said.