FAIRFIELD (CBS13) — An undefeated pee-wee football team trying to raise money to go to the championships has met its goal.
The Solano County Warriors made a public push for donations this month to make it to Kissimmee, Florida before December 5. They received some much-needed help in the form of a cash and publicity nearly two weeks ago from former San Francisco 49ers player Patrick Willis after our story ran.READ MORE: 'Just Trying To Do Good': Modesto Junior College Professor Runs To Support Struggling Students
Later, San Diego Chargers wide receiver Stevie Johnson donated $16,000 to the team for the trip, making up the rest, according to Warriors’ coach Andre Johnson. Stevie attended Angelo Rodriguez High School in Fairfield.READ MORE: Multi-Vehicle Crash Closes Northbound I-5 Lanes Near Highway 50 Connector In Sacramento
“We have $21,000 that will get us there and take care of most everything, thanks to Stevie Johnson,” said Andre.
Stevie posted this comment on his Facebook page about the donation: “It just felt right. Nothing will stop these boys now! Go get them Fairfield! #peeweefootball #hometown”
Gunshot wounds to his back, chest and stomach left Johnson paralyzed at the age of 23. His players say his motivation has not only led them to their No. 1 state ranking but prepared them to fight for bigger and better opportunities on the national stage.MORE NEWS: How Fast Is Too Fast? As California Starts to Reopen, COVID Risk Still Remains
“I was a victim of a gunshot wound,” he said. “I did veer off and do something wrong. And you know, that’s why I’m here, giving my time back to these kids so they don’t take that path.”