Youth football tickets in Gaston County are causing some controversy. They are not game tickets, but the parents are raffling an assault rifle.
The Stanley Blue Devils youth football team qualified for the National Championship game that will be played at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Now they are trying to raise fifteen thousand dollars to get to the game.
“I bought my tickets and posted about it and it took off like wildfire,” said Rodney Allman. He coached in Belmont and posted a photo of the raffle tickets on social media, supporting the Stanley Blue Devils. “So many more people have bought them since then.”
The Blue Devils parents put on the same fundraiser last year, according to Allman, charging five dollars a ticket in the AR-15 raffle.
“Some of these kids will never get to go to Florida otherwise and some of the families don’t have the money to support them,” said Allman. “Last year they raised so much money it’s just like they reached their goal with this one raffle”
The Stanley Blue Devils organization says it has not approved the gun raffle. Some are calling a flag on the play.
“Guns should not be associated with kids,” said Christopher Reid. “They are representing kids. Why not candy or cakes, or something like that why guns?”
But Allman says it attracts attention, and makes a big profit: “I think it’s absolutely the way to raise money.”
If you would like to make a donation, visit the facebook fundraiser page: https://www.facebook.com/donate/701508066889027/486957611800057/