RACINE, W.Va – The Racine Fire Department responded to a fire at the Seth Midget Football League press box and storage building Sunday night, November 13 at the John Slack Park.
The league president Jeremy Johnson said the building was a total loss.
According to Pam White Boone County Commission Administrator the building belonged to the county and the Parks and Recreation department oversees all of the maintenance of the parks in the county.
Johnson said, “We were hoping that we would be able to at least use the block foundation to rebuild, but the heat cracked most of it. We will have to rebuild from the ground up.”
There were several items in the storage area of the building.
Johnson said there were approximately 80 football helmets and 200 pair of pants.
“We also had PA equipment, field equipment, yard markers, first down chains, paint equipment to paint the field, blocking and tackling pads and much more that we don’t realize is gone until we need it,” said Johnson.
Johnson said, “Everything that has been purchased by the Seth Mountaineers over the last four years has been bought with money from hard work and dedication.”
According to Johnson the league plans on having fundraisers to purchase equipment the children will need to play football for next season.
Josh Nelson started a Go Fund Me account to help raise money for the Seth Midget Football League.
Nelson said, “I just wanted to help, the midget league didn’t have insurance. The insurance was way too expensive.”
Johnson said, “I just want everyone to know, this isn’t ‘JUST’ football. This is something to keep kids out of trouble; it gives them something to look forward to.”
“People from Boone County know how rough our children have it, there is nothing for them to do, and they rely on sports,” said Johnson. “Sports can guide children in the right direction and keep them on the right path.”
The Boone County Sheriff’s Department is asking for help from the public if they have any information on the fire to please contact them through private message on Facebook or call the non-emergency phone number 24 hours a day at 304-369-9913.
Heather Kinder is a reporter for the Coal Valley News. She can be contacted at 304-369-1165 ext. 1661, [email protected] or on Twitter @CVN_hkinder.