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Donor gives $10K to save soccer league after theft

February 20, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
A Los Angeles donor on Monday delivered a big surprise in the form of a $10,000 check to a soccer league that had all its equipment stolen.

AYSO Region 538, a non-profit soccer league that serves some 700 kids from eight schools in the San Bernardino County community of Phelan, had all its equipment stolen from a trailer last weekend.

AYSO Regional Commissioner Philip Cordero said the program was in jeopardy. It was going to take $8,000 to $10,000 to replace the equipment.

The story aired Sunday night on ABC7 Eyewitness News. On Monday morning, a donor who only wanted to be identified as Jennifer contacted Cordero to save the league.

"I was in shock," Cordero said. "First call of the morning. I didn't know what to say. This is a blessing."

Cordero said the league will be good to go next season.

"Essentially, we have a program back and I just want to thank you very, very much," he said to Jennifer.

For the players, "thank you" wasn't enough to express their gratitude.

"I wanted to cry I was so happy," Natalee Richardson said. "It means a lot to us that we get our whole program back."

As for Jennifer, she said the donation was a chance to teach her 16-year-old daughter Ivy about the importance of giving back.

"I encourage people. If they can, help. Anything that comes your way," Jennifer said.

Jennifer has been invited to attend the league's opening day.