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Coach Terrance Washington jumped in after one of the player's siblings who fell into a 12-foot brick cistern. Coach Terrance Washington jumped in after one of the player's siblings who fell into a 12-foot brick cistern.
Emergency crews worked to rescue the coach and the toddler from the cistern. Emergency crews worked to rescue the coach and the toddler from the cistern.
Parents discovered just how much their coaches care when one of the player's siblings fell into a 12-foot brick cistern. Parents discovered just how much their coaches care when one of the player's siblings fell into a 12-foot brick cistern.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - As the West End Yellowjackets enter playoffs, coaches and volunteers are working on a game plan to keep the team in the green next year.

Parents discovered just how much their coaches care when one of the player's siblings fell into a 12-foot brick cistern.

Terrance Washington didn't hesitate to go in and make sure the toddler was alright until emergency crews lifted them to safety.

WAVE 3 News discovered coaches are crunching the numbers to stay out of a hole of their own.

Team president Shawn Donigan has set up a financial safety net by establishing a non-profit 501(c)3 to attract corporate sponsorships.

"We don't want to turn any kids away. It costs a vast amount of money to keep these games going," Donigan said.

There are four divisions, two cheerleading squads and limited resources to pay for all of it.

"Unfortunately there are a lot of single parents bringing kids out there. Some of their fathers may not be in the household, so we kind of fill that role for them," Donigan said.

It costs $1,100 to host home games and approximately $150 to outfit a child with proper gear, according to Donigan. There's also travel and food expenses fundraising can't cover.

"We bought new uniforms this year and we were able to raise half of it. We had to put the other half on credit, so we're still paying for that," Donigan said.

However, they're not sweating the credit card bills. Donigan knows it's an investment with immediate returns.

"Once you get them involved in sports, you can stress education into their personal problems. Anything that may be bothering them - you can get to them just through sports alone," he said.

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