Panthers looking good in new uniforms

Coach appreciates community support

The Crown Point Central School girls soccer team had new uniforms this season thanks to their hard work and community support.

The Crown Point Central School girls soccer team had new uniforms this season thanks to their hard work and community support.

— Even when the Crown Point Central School girls soccer team didn’t play its best this fall, it looked great.

That’s because the Panthers were wearing new uniforms — thanks to a local business and some hard work.

Crown Point Coach Jayna Andersen approached school administrators before the season seeking new uniforms for the club.

“The uniforms we had were very old, no longer white and our warm-ups were torn to shreds,” Andersen said. “The school informed us that there was no extra money in the budget for new uniforms, a result of our economy and lack of funding, unfortunately, in education.”

The team decided to raise the needed money — about $2,000 — itself.

“The girls and I decided to do a bottle drive first,” Andersen said. “I was hesitant, the Adidas uniforms the girls picked out were quite pricey.  We all agreed that we would make up the additional cost ourselves.”

That’s when  Ron and Diane Ryan, owners of Frenchy’s Ice Cream Stand, stepped up. The parents of a Panther player, they decided to match whatever the team raised up to $1,000.

“I was so overjoyed and overwhelmed with a new found confidence that we would be able to get the uniforms that these girls so desperately wanted and deserved,” Andersen said. “I could not believe the generosity of these two.”

The bottle drive netted $659.65 — $1,319.30 with the match from the Ryans. Players collected another $530 during a coin drop.

“I cannot thank the town enough for supporting these girls,” Andersen said. “Diane and Ronnie Ryan are true heros and it would not have been possible without their kindness, generosity and charity.”

Support for the Panthers didn’t end there.

“Ron (Ryan) brought a bag of ice and a bag of apples to every single game we played,” Andersen said. “We also had a lot of parents on the team who volunteered to drive the girls around for our fundraiser, which was very much appreciated.  Parents also drove the girls to Gull Bay in Putnam for a beach day. Sarah Macey and Patty Wolf hosted a spaghetti night for the girls. Gary and Penny Comes returned a ton of bottles for us and Penny was always willing to help with anything we needed and she even made brownies for the team for our victories. 

“I couldn’t work with a better group of people and am proud to teach in such a caring and supportive town,” Andersen said.

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