Pop Warner Cooper Pirates Need Help Getting to Semifinals

The semifinals game is in Dallas and the team is raising money for travel expenses

Alliance Federal Credit Union in Lubbock is sponsoring the Cooper Pirates to get them to Dallas for the Semi-Finals and Melenie Segura, Marketing and New Business Director, said they are happy to help.

"We want to do something that supports our community, supports the kids, and let's them know that we're there."

Segura said there is an account for the Cooper Pirates at all Alliance Federal Credit locations where you can make donations to the team and Alliance will match it.

"Anybody can go to any of our locations and make a donation...we will match the donation price up to 750 dollars."

Randy Reese, Cooper Pirates Assistant Coach, said he doesn't expect to get all the money they need but he doesn't want to burden the parents with an expensive travel bill.

"We really don't have a goal we just know that we're all struggling. It's close to the holidays so we just kind of want to offset the cost a little bit to the parents."

All the money will go to getting the players to Dallas and keeping them comfortable while they are there.

"We're actually going to use the funds for gas for the car, the rooms for Friday night, and also the food to feed the kids, so a little bit of everything and you know these boys can eat."

Reese said they will go to Dallas no matter what but the money will be a big help in getting them to a game they deserve to be in.

"I think the coaches are little more excited than the younger boys out here are but they have worked their tails off all year and they have absolutely earned the spot and they're just ready to go."

12 year old Jacob Ortiz said the team is ready for a win.

"We're getting ready for big teams, little teams, fast teams, not matter what they look like, no matter how they play we're ready for them."

You can make a donation at any Alliance Federal Credit Union in town and they will match your donations.

Every bit counts and if the Cooper Pirates win their game this Saturday they will be back on the road to finals at College Station.

*CORRECTION: Video states the finals are in Dallas but Pop Warner Finals are in College Station.

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