A preseason uniform fitting is not unusual at most schools this time of year, but very unexpected for the students at Butler College Prep in the Pullman neighborhood. They ended last year without a football team.
But a visit from the CEO of Good Sports has turned Butler's tide.
In just a matter of months the nonprofit has managed to get this 1-year-old charter school $20,000 dollars in equipment to begin what is a very expensive program, especially for a cash strapped school.
Principal Christopher Goins says they had hoped to start a program if they could dig up the cash, but that would have meant big sacrifices across the board.
“We weren't going to be able to have assistant coaches because we weren't going to be able to pay the assistant coaches for all of our sports,” he said. “We were just going to have a head coach.”
On the cusp of their inaugural season, this week Butler players - mostly Sophomores - got their first taste of practice in pads.
It was tough work on hot summer days, but important for young men in need of direction.
“That's our biggest thing,” says Paul Hobson, athletic director and head coach. “Giving kids every avenue so they can not only have fun and get to college but to get them off the streets. You'd be amazed at what kids would do if they weren't in practice.”
Chicago based Riddell donated the helmets and pads.
And they they don't have long to break in that equipment. The team’s first game ever is just a couple of weeks away.
And thanks to the folks at Good Sports, we will also see a butler baseball team on the field this year as well.