Chicago youth football team seeks funds for travel to national championship after tragedy

CHICAGO — Tim Hall believes he coaches in one of many hardest neighborhoods within the metropolis of Chicago.  

Hall says his football team even practices shooter drills.

“Most teams are probably not in East Garfield Park,” Hall stated.  

Over the many years, a number of the younger gamers who known as Hall ‘Coach’ have lost their lives to gun violence.

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“This was a bad year. Two former players were murdered and one high school player was murdered,” Hall stated. 

A couple of months in the past, the Garfield Gators household suffered one other tragedy. 

“It’s really been hard for me to deal with this because my mom was my best friend,” stated son Aiden, whose 28-year-old mom, Aiesha Lewis, was shot and killed in West Rogers Park in September. “I have to deal with the fact she’s not coming back and I have a little brother I have to take care of.”

The younger football participant stated he’s been bullied in school because the deadly taking pictures.

“Now she’s gone. No one understands where I’m coming from when I say I’m really, really hurt,” Aiden stated.  

Coach Hall is attempting to increase his boys by taking them on the journey of a lifetime.  

“We are raising funds to get our football team to Florida for the 2022 national championships,” Hall stated. 

“I’m an honorary all-star. These people behind me are all-stars too. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity where I get to go to Florida and I actually get to have fun,” Aiden added. 

Coach Hall stated they’ve a couple of surprises in thoughts after they arrive in Florida – a visit to an amusement park or an encounter with their namesake.  

“We are Gators. I always take them to the alligator place so they can see the alligators. Let them hold them, mess with them, pet them, let them know you are a real gator,” Hall stated.  

The all-star journey is ready for Dec. 2. The price of getting 40 children down to Florida, plus some adults to chaperone, would price about $30,000. 

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The team has set up a fundraiser to attain the objective, however Hall says even when they don’t hit that concentrate on, they’ll work out a way to get on that airplane.  

“We are still going somewhere. Somehow God will find a way for us to get there,” Hall stated.

“I got my mom watching over me and my little brother too,” Aiden added. “Go Gators.” 

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