The Waverly Junior Warriors Football program is scrambling to cover expenses after $11,000 was discovered missing from its bank account.
Finding the group’s account in arrears last month was like “getting punched in the gut,” program president Jim Kilfoyle said.
Kilfoyle contacted the Eaton County Sheriff’s Department before the Christmas holiday and an investigation is ongoing, said Theresa O’Dell, executive assistant to Sheriff Tom Reich.
Kilfoyle said the program has thousands of dollars in unpaid bills that were thought to have been paid. He is currently working with the vendors.
Part of the Tri-County Youth League, Waverly Junior Warriors Football is for students in fourth- through eighth-grade in Waverly schools. About 100 athletes participate each year.
Some program plans will have to be put on hold with the loss of the money, including purchasing equipment to make the program more affordable for families. The group also intended to fund a scholarship in memory of Trevor Wesley, a Waverly athlete who was killed in a tragic car accident a few years ago.
Nevertheless, Kilfoyle says he’s heartened by how the community is rallying to support the football program.
“As horrible as this is, it’s amazing the outpouring of support,” he said. “We will rebound and will endeavor to be the best youth program in the area.”
Reich said he does not expect this case to take long to resolve.
A winter skills football clinic hosted by the program scheduled for Jan. 31 at the Waverly East gym will still be held. The clinic is free for program members.