Local baseball club broke, savings stolen by 'trusted' man
By Andrew Keller, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
GENESEE COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -
A local baseball team is in shock after they say money raised to buy equipment and uniforms has disappeared, along with the man in charge of it.
Parents and coaches believe Quincy Nichols stole the money and skipped town.
Friday night, league parents and coaches met at Grace Harvest Church in Burton to discuss the future.
"We're not quitting. We're not letting our kids down," said Larry Green, who coaches 13U youth baseball for the Great Lakes Cyclones Baseball Club.
Parents held onto a positive attitude Friday night, just days after they found out they were ripped off by a man they thought they could trust. Now the members of the Great Lakes Cyclones in Genesee County are trying to pick up the pieces.
"He's siphoned anywhere between $22,000 and $26,000. We're still trying to figure out the exact numbers," said parent Renee Ray.
Big money was stolen from kids between the ages of 8 and 14. The league's bank account is empty, and coaches and parents are not sure if they'll be able to afford to play this season.
"They deserve a lot better than what they got from him," said parent Matthew Brassaw.
The money was supposed to go toward club expenses, like tournament fees, equipment and even player insurance.
"I don't understand why," said Brassaw.
And Quincy Nichols, who also coached one of the teams, is nowhere to be found.
The Great Lakes Cyclones played on at American Legion Park in Flushing on Wednesday. The coach was a no-show, and they couldn't afford to pay the umpire. Luckily, the umpire waved the fees, and now, other local organizations are pitching in because they want to see these kids play baseball.
"This is what they live for in the summer, to play ball, and you want to try to help them," said Scott Matzke, the president of the Greater Flint Baseball League.
Matzke's organization is donating baseballs to the Cyclones. On Friday, the Fenton Crush Baseball Club told the Cyclones they'll help pay for a tournament.
"It's about these kids. You know, that's ... that's what matters, I don't want to see any of these kids not be able to play ball," said Green.
The community effort to help save the season for these kids is already happening, but those involved say it's going to take a miracle.
"We're going through very hard times right now, and we have to raise a lot of money," said 9-year-old Cyclones player Caleb Roumayeh.
And the kids just want to play ball.
If you are able to help, you can donate under the name "Great Lakes Cyclones" at any Dort Federal Credit Union. If you'd like to contact a club representative, you can call Renee Ray at 810-394-3339.
Wednesday, August 27 2014 2:48 AM EDT2014-08-27 06:48:05 GMT
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