Youth Football Money Disappears

By: Shannon Kantner Email
By: Shannon Kantner Email

"A punch in the gut," is how the Waverly Junior Warriors Football president described the feeling to parents when he learned all their funds were gone.

"I found out just before the holidays, and just didn't want to put this on everybody at Christmas time," Waverly Junior Warriors President Jim Kilfoyle said.

The holidays came and went, and now parents and coaches heard for the first time Tuesday night that their children's football league has no money in the bank. Kilfoyle said up to $11,000 was embezzled. Parents now worry about the upcoming season.

"It was truly a shock to me that this did happen to kids," Junior Warriors Coach and father Tony Castilla said. "These kids didn't do anything to deserve this. But unfortunately, it did happen, and as of right now, they're the ones that are paying for it."

The league can't even pay its bills right now, much less think about the earmarks for those missing funds.

"We had anticipated buying equipment for all of our kids in the league with it, and we also were setting up a scholarship fund," Kilfoyle said.

The Eaton County Sheriff's office began its investigation in December. The sheriff can't reveal much yet, but detectives are combing over lots of evidence.

"There's bank records, there's checking accounts," Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich said. "Several things that have to be going through, as well as the interviews, and there's more to go. It's an open investigation."

As the interviews continue, the warriors hope the community will step up.

"We're definitely looking forward to their support to help us, because we're looking forward to continuing on and giving a good program like we've always had for the kids in our community," Kilfoyle said.

Parents remain optimisitc the warriors will be able to live up to their name for another season.

"They will come together and make this happen, I do believe that," Castilla said.

The group plans to meet again in two weeks to get fundraising efforts in motion.

A Waverly Junior Warriors Winter Skills Clinic is still planned for Jan. 31.


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  • by Shel Location: Stockbridge on Jan 17, 2013 at 05:49 PM
    Oh my gosh...how heartbreaking to hear such a selfish act of cowardice. Does the bank have insurance on the funds? My daughter's insurance money was stolen after her dad passed away and the policy was insured. As long as I agreed to let them investigate and prosecute the person who stole it, which I did. The irony? She roots for Springport schools and I am sure that the competition won't be very exciting for any of these dedicated youth, next year. *sigh*
  • by dave cisar Location: lincoln, ne on Jan 16, 2013 at 06:39 AM
    What a shame I would be happy to donate some coaching materials to your cause- contact me through my web site: http://winningyouthfootball.com
  • by Anonymous on Jan 16, 2013 at 04:02 AM
    Most small organizations do not have the checks and balances to prevent this. At least three people should be reviewing the balance and the books. Organizations need to be more transparent with their books to prevent this from happening. Churches are a good example on how to handle money.
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