INKSTER, Mich. (WJBK) - A local youth football team's playing field has been repeatedly targeted by vandals - now the squad is looking for some help
For seven years the Inkster Bengals have been one of few resources for kids who live in the area. The youth football team practices at Westwood Park, but the park is in need of a lot of upgrades after someone vandalized it a few months ago.
"They stole all of the (bathroom) piping, put graffiti all over the roof and the side of the building," said Coach James Richardson. "It was really bad. They tore up the park. They took all the swings from the play scape."
The team adopted the park through the city of Inkster, but now the goal is to do a lot more.
"We want to make this our home field, (which is) the ultimate goal," said Richardson. "Buy bleachers and make this the best park like it was years ago."
The team is open to people and organizations willing to help.
"It's a greatly needed for the children because they don't have schools in Inkster anymore," said Tina Williams, a football parent. "They need activities and this is just one aspect of something they can do and interested in."
The improvements and cleanup to the field are taking a financial toll on the football program.
"We're already sponsoring over half the boys to play football for free," Richardson said. "Now, we have to go into our pockets and help repaint the building. Get the plays capes, clean up the building and cut the grass, pay for porta-potties. It's a real expensive process."