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KANNAPOLIS, N.C .-- The clock is ticking for the Kannapolis Youth Sports League.

The home of the Little Wonders, and other youth teams, is hoping the community supports a fund raising effort that could save the struggling league's future.

We have got to find a way somehow to let them play, said league founder Chavis Maxwell.

Many of the children who play for the league come from struggling families.

We have kids who come to practice who we don't know honestly if they've had anything to eat, said Maxwell.

The league is out of money and if the team doesn't raise about $5,000 by Friday it could cease to exist.

They're my favorite team in the world, said 7-year-old Caden Farmer, who has diabetes.

On the day NBC Charlotte reporter Ann Sheridan visited Farmer's service dog Meter sensed trouble and detected Farmer's blood sugar was dangerously low. Through tears, his mom explains how stressful it is and why sports matters so much to her young son.

I was very scared, but his dad told me 'let him be a kid,' she says

Maxwell is Farmer's coach. If he can raise the money by Friday, Dick's Sporting Goods will match it dollar for dollar.

I was one of those kids, said Maxwell. I remember wanting to play so bad but not having the money to play, he said as he choked back tears.

Maxwell was raised by his grandmother.

I knew she couldn't so I wouldn't ask, he said

The team is appealing to the community for support. The money raised is part of a national campaign by Dicks Sporting Goods to help struggling youth sports teams. Dicks has pledged $2 million dollars for the Sports Matters monetary awards.

Presently there are 200 teams the retailer has identified to help. In addition, Under Armour is matching $5 for donations that's over $10 today only.

If you'd like to learn more, click the link below.

We always tell the kids don't stop till the whistle blows. The whistle hasn't blown yet. It's not over, said Maxwell.

Kannapolis Youth Sports has until Friday, May 23 to raise approximately $5,000. You can donate here.

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