LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A youth football team sacked by a former coach is getting picked back up by WAVE 3 viewers.
WAVE 3 Troubleshooter Eric Flack has been following the story of the Okolona Titans and their former league president who is facing criminal charges. Now Eric is leading an effort to help the Titans get a fresh start.
Eric Mason, former President of the Okolona Titans Youth Football League, is facing felony theft charges accused of stealing more than $14,000 from the kids in the league and their parents.
Mason said he's innocent, but financial records obtained in a WAVE 3 Troubleshooter investigation in October 2011 indicate he spent thousands of dollars in league fees and fund raising dollars on himself.
Some WAVE 3 viewers were outraged in January when the Troubleshooter reported on a man who bought a storage unit with the Titans equipment inside. the locker was auctioned off after Mason stopped making payments, and the buyer told us he wanted to sell the equipment back to the team.
Many viewers called the Troubleshooter department with offers willing to pay the $400 to get the stuff back for the kids, but the league said they have a more pressing need: new uniforms.
Due to everything that's happened the Okolona Titans are going to try to start fresh under a new name, the Louisville Titans.
Eric Flack set up a fund at Republic Bank where viewers who wanted to give money to get the old equipment back can instead donate to help the team buy new jerseys.
If you would like to help send checks to Republic Bank c/o Louisville Titans Youth Football, 3902 Taylorsville Road, Louisville, KY 40220. You can also drop off a donation at any Republic Bank. The fund raising goal is $5,500,which would buy new jerseys for all 130 players, ages 5-13 so every dollar counts.
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