SWFL youth football program suffers jersey disaster

Posted at 11:07 PM, Mar 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-30 14:27:34-04

A Southwest Florida youth football program got a surprise when they opened up their new jerseys.

The Lehigh Acres Raiders spent $10,000 on 240 jerseys to find the company they ordered their gear from botched it up.

"Mismatched everything. We had eighty four pairs of pants that were the wrong color and there was probably close to forty pairs of pants that we just flat out never received," said Tim Floyd, the Lehigh Acres Raiders's athletic director.

The jersey disaster forced Floyd to scramble like a quarterback to get outfitted in time for their game.

"To get new uniforms for your kids to play in their first game in less than a week and then you realize you have to go and tell everybody that you don't have any uniforms all together," he said.

The team was forced to wear four year old practice pants and had to buy lower quality ones, which are only expected to last one season.

"All together with both orders, we spent close to $25,000," said Floyd.

Money a non-profit youth football team struggles to get.

Floyd ordered the first mismatched set of uniforms from 'Five-Star Athletics' in Tampa, FL. After he got the runaround there, he contacted the regional sales representative from Rawlings Athletic. Floyd has worked on a refund for about seven months.

"A lot of these kids, it's all they look forward to. There's only a few months out of the year where they get the opportunity to do so," said Floyd.