PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Homewood Bulldawgs are back.

After a season canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and $ 10,000 worth of equipment stolen from their storage container, the Bulldawgs arrived on the field on Wednesday.

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People in and around the community donated twice as much as the team needed to replace their equipment

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“It’s just a blessing, man. I’m glad that happened, I’m grateful. … In this community, outside of the community, everyone is involved “when it comes to the children”, Mubarik Ismaeli, President of Homewood Community Sports and Homewood Football. He’s also the soccer coach for the 9 and 10 year olds.

About three weeks ago, Ismaeli informed the community about the stolen equipment and donations were quickly received. They received around $ 20,000.

“We will be able to get all football and cheerleading uniforms and equipment from scratch,” said Ismaeli.

Homewood football has been around for six decades. It’s part of Homewood Community Sports, a non-profit organization. Children aged 5-14 can play football for Homewood. Dozens of kids smiled while exercising on Wednesday as they adjusted for new helmets.

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“We can play soccer with equipment,” said Benjamin Dickerson, 12.

“It means a lot to me because I missed playing it and I love to play it,” said 13-year-old Jaylen Stanford.

Trainers volunteer every year. They teach the kids discipline and keep them busy in the summer.

Nothing will stop the Bulldawgs. They just warm up and welcome more players. Your first game is on July 31st.

“This is the Mecca of the church for the youth and for everyone in these churches to unite. We will make something positive out of this tragedy, we simply appreciate everyone’s generosity, ”said Ismaeli.

Coach Ismaeli addressed the recent surge in violence in various neighborhoods, including Homewood. Ismaeli said his organization, the Community Empowerment Association and other youth sports organizations are coming together to create a concrete plan that will provide a safety net of activities and help resolve conflicts.

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