SMITHFIELD – In just a couple of months, youth from all over the state and country will put on their helmets and shoulder pads.
The 249 boys in the Sky View Youth Football League are hoping to play too, but according to the football league’s board members, Texas-based company Jevin owes the league $45,000, but they aren’t giving it to them.
Jevin was used to process the online registration fees. The website’s description says it is a “sports management company that offers you a back office solution to help run and organize your league.”
Not only is there $45,000 that the league doesn’t have, but there aren’t any answers either, according to the league’s treasurer Melissa Niederhauser.
“Last week we gave them a deadline and said we need the money by Friday at the end of business or we are going to contact the police and the media and go forward,” she said. “He responded with a text that said, ‘I haven’t made it into the office this week, I’ll touch base on Monday.’”
Niederhauser said she still hasn’t heard from anyone at the company since then. If the boys are going to start football practice on time, things need to happen soon. Equipment checkout is scheduled for July 9th, that is, if equipment is able to be purchased.
“We filed a report (with Smithfield Police) on Monday and they gave us a case number,” Niederhauser said. “We’ve asked all the parents who paid with credit cards to report them as fraudulent to their banks to try and get that money recouped from there.”
There has been help from other places. The helmets are currently in Arizona being refurbished. They normally require all money up front, but in this case, the company started with a $500 down payment.
Unexpectedly, new uniforms were donated by another football league.
“We are part of the Wasatch Front Football League,” Niederhauser said. “There is another Ute Youth Football League and they contacted us yesterday and have volunteered to purchase all of our jerseys for us, which is phenomenal. We’ve had a couple of companies step up and make sure we have as much equipment as we can.”
The league is taking donations on a <a href=”https://www.gofundme.com/2a44kdng” target=”_blank”>GoFundMe</a> page.
CacheValleyDaily.com reached out to Jevin for comment, but there was no response.