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Kingsbury High's soccer team receives large donation

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Kingsbury High School's soccer team was showered with generosity Tuesday in the form of a large donation.

Tim Howard, goal keeper for the United States Soccer team, worked with Nike to donate $12,000 worth of soccer equipment to the school.  The donation consisted of everything from brand new uniforms to cleats to soccer balls. 

"I think it's going to encourage more people to come to our games, and we like that," said Toni Navarro, a player on the team.

As part of his gift, Howard sent a special video presentation to the team, telling players no dream is too big enough to accomplish when everyone works together.

"This is great, and the best way to start your season as a coach and a team," Kingsbury Coach Jihad Haider said.

Metropolitan Bank representatives were also on hand for the presentation.  The bank has also donated a scoreboard to the team. 

Tuesday wasn't the first time the team was hit with this type of generosity. Last May, teammates struggled to pay their way to the state championship.  But thanks to the community rallying together, they were able to make it happen.

"Some people didn't have but 20 dollars in their pocket, and they said, 'Here's the money to go to state and good luck.'  That was a good thing to motivate us," Haider said

Now, a team who has so much to be thankful for can look forward to a new and exciting season.  The team is looking forward to sporting the new uniforms during its first preseason home game on February 23.

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