Local team makes a comeback after equipment theft

Local team makes a comeback after equipment theft

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by GLENN COUNTS / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on October 18, 2013 at 7:06 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Friday night will be a night to remember for the players, coaches and parents who are affiliated with the FTC Bills.

In July, someone stole all of their equipment and uniforms.

"A lot of the kids were thinking we weren't going to be able to have a season this year," said Assistant Coach Robert Reynolds.

Fortunately there was no quit in this team.

"We can't give up. We got to keep pushing. It's just one knock down. It's no different than playing this game of football. You get hit, you fall down. Let’s get back up," said Reynolds.

The team held fundraiser after fundraiser, and car wash after car wash. NBC Charlotte reported on their efforts, which paid off. The team replaced all the stolen equipment and uniforms.

"This weekend is going to be phenomenal. We’re starting with our pep rally today, where everybody is going to be celebrating."

More than 300 kids, ages 6 through 14, participate in the program.

"A lot of people thought we were down, and that we weren’t going to be able to come back this year. We got four teams going to nationals, and the same team is going back down there again to do back to back," said the assistant coach.

Friday night's pep rally will be the start of the homecoming weekend for the Bills on Saturday. From 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., each of the teams will take on an opponent.

But they have already proved they are winners.

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