PITTSBURGH — A youth soccer league is trying to recover after its equipment was stolen and sheds vandalized.
According to the Northside Youth Athletic Association, someone came to Fowler Field, broke into their hangars, and stole thousands of dollars worth of equipment belonging to the Northside Steelers youth football team.
Audie Chapman, president and chief executive of the league, told Channel 11 that nearly 100 helmets were stolen, each of which was estimated to be worth around $100.
Chapman also claims that their hangars have been targeted multiple times in the past.
“I had a padlock and a chain on it,” Chapman said. “Someone was trying to open the door.”
The nonprofit also has another problem to solve with MyWay Mobile Storage, the company it contracted for the pods.
“I had a guy come over in the summer because it looked like someone had messed with the handle and the owner came out and said, ‘Oh that’s fine. It will be secure. He reassured me,” Chapman said. “He said I’m responsible for all the damage.”
In the meantime, Chapman tells Channel 11 there is a lesson in all of this, a lesson he hopes his nearly 250 young players will pick up on.
“We’re going to move on,” Chapman said. “In adversity, we still have to keep going.”
Later this week, the Northside Steelers youth football team will move the rest of its equipment to the Pittsburgh Project, which has agreed to allow the team to use its basement. But Chapman says the team still needs community support: They’re asking for donations to replace equipment that’s been taken away.
“When it comes to the kids in our community, we know we’re stronger together,” Chapman said.
To donate to the league, you can find them on the Cash App as $northsidesteelers.
Pittsburgh Police in Zone 1 confirm to Channel 11 that they are investigating what happened to the Youth Football League. We also reached out to MyWay Mobile Storage for comment, but received no response.
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