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Local bar helps fund high school soccer team

Sheffield High School girls' soccer team (Source: WMC Action News 5) Sheffield High School girls' soccer team (Source: WMC Action News 5)
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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A Cooper-Young business stepped up to give under-privileged students a chance at a new sport. 

Domeneke Shipp is a striker on the Sheffield High School girls soccer team. This was the first year she and many of her teammates ever played the world's most popular sport.

"I used to catch the ball instead of kick it," Shipp said.

She learned quickly. She led the team in scoring and to a spot in the district playoffs.

Still, the team's success would not have been possible without a little help from an unexpected place.

Jamie Naylor is the co-owner of Celtic Crossing and a lifelong lover of soccer. She even plays on a 35 and over soccer team. When she was contacted by Sheffield High School to help fund the school's first girls soccer team she had to do it.

"To share that love with underprivileged children to play the sport," Naylor said. "More girls playing soccer let's do everything we can."

She and her teammates helped raise thousands of dollars and even donated much needed soccer equipment. Now, their focus is on re-doing the soccer field. It's a patch of grass in such bad shape the Knights had to play all of their games on the road.

Despite the tough conditions, the new soccer stars learned a valuable lesson they can take off the soccer field.

"They are more likely to graduate. They are more likely to go to college," Sheffield High School girls' soccer head coach Jonathan Cole said.

Plus, long after they score their final soccer goal, their experiences will help them be successful adults.

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