In case you haven't heard, the Roosevelt High School rugby team of Fresno, Calif. has been getting some good press lately. Their story is an inspirational one, and below is a link to a video and story on the boys. The story pasted below is a follow-up from Paula Lloyd of the Fresno Bee.
The inspirational story of the Roosevelt High School rugby team's first season has drawn generous and overwhelming support from the community, the team's coach said.
"Since the story ran, I've been totally overwhelmed," coach Herb Breen said Wednesday.
The story by Fresno State student Vongni Yang ran in Sunday's Bee and told how the group of boys from poor and tough neighborhoods overcame hardships -- including the stabbing death of a teammate -- to learn a sport they'd never played, bond as a team and even win games.
Breen said he has received calls of encouragement from teachers and coaches. Offers of help for the team have flooded in -- the donations range from athletic performance sessions to bicycles to academic tutoring to numerous cash contributions.
A corporate sponsor that "we are not in position to announce" has stepped forward to support the team, Breen said. Someone even donated contact lenses for one of the players.
The Fresno City Council and Mayor Ashley Swearengin honored Breen, the other rugby coaches and the team at the council meeting this morning.
"It's an inspirational story. It brought tears to my eyes," said Council Member Sal Quintero, whose District 5 includes Roosevelt High. Many of the players live in Council Member Clint Olivier's District 7.
The story of the team's hard work and determination in the face of adversity "boosts the morale of the city and for all of us," Quintero said. "What they've accomplished is going to serve them later in life."