Updated: November 30, 2021 11:25 PM
Created: November 30, 2021 03:00 PM
With only nine players on their roster last season, the Denfeld girls basketball team is now up to a whopping total of forty. To help with this new found growth they created a Gofundme page.
"All of a sudden these girls come out for the team and we begin to learn that we are responsible for a lot of things. So then my wife had the idea of just getting on facebook and putting it out there that we have some needs. We got this new program started, and we would love to have you contribute if you want," said Erik Reinertsen the Denfeld Head coach.
Confronted with the task of raising funds, Coach Reinertsens wife Jessica, would then start a gofund me page for the team.
"We found out that there was very little money avaliable for the team, and we just have really big dreams for this team, for these girls and individuals. Words of encouragement kept coming in and messages from people saying we support you, we believe in you, we belive in these girls, we are excited to see what will happen," stated Jessica Reinertsen the fundraiser organizer.
The team is already half way to their $8,000 goal with not only the adults excited but also the players. Who know not eveyone on their team are able to afford new gear
"We are looking to get some traveling gear to be provided for all the girls since it is pretty expensive and I know that can be a hardship for many. Like a lot of these girls come from homes that might not be able to afford it, so this go fund me is a really big deal," added senior captains Aliyah Bartling and Kamron Hill.
The donations will also go towards team travel expences and meals. Helping the Hunters hit the hardwood all season.
"Like I've said I'm so excited about it, I think there is so much potential, not only for these girls but for the school and for the community. Then to see the community, friends, family, then Duluth getting behind it it's very incouraging for sure," Coach Reinertsen finished by saying.
You can donate at the link below and watch the team hit the courts for the second game of the season Monday agaisnt Eveleth-Gilbert.
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