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Football dreams back at Fort Pierce high school

By Allison Bybee e-mail

FORT PIERCE, FL (WFLX) - They've been without a football team for 40 years. Now, during a time when money is tight, a Fort Pierce high school will try and get back into the game.

Wednesday night, it was a small group with a big dream: football back at Lincoln Park Academy in 2010.

Lee Haynes played for the Greyhounds more than 50 years ago, "I want to do anything because this program helped me so much." The sport kept him off the streets and helped him play in college. He wants the same thing for this generation, "It meant everything to me, everything to me."

Wednesday, parents and faculty laid out the game plan, knowing they have a tough opponent. Lincoln Park's Athletic Director, John Justice, says, "That is the most difficult part: the financial situation in the county and the country. It's going to be tough. It's going to be a massive undertaking." An undertaking to the tune of $350,000 dollars. That's just to get the program started.

Parent, Laurie Fallon, says, "I think it's totally doable." Fallon's 8th grader is interested in football, even if he doesn't pick up the ball, she says the sport needs to return, "It's not that far off. It gets us something to aim for and he has a lot of friends that would love to play and I know he would root them on."

There is no guarantee the St. Lucie County School District will back or help pay for the program, but that's a risk these parents say is worth taking.

The next step for this group: start fundraising, looking for grants, and turn to the NFL for help.

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