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Cottage Grove youth sports program hurting after equipment trailer is stolen

A stolen trailer in Cottage Grove may affect more than 200 youth athletes, especially those who compete in soccer.

COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. - A stolen trailer in Cottage Grove may affect more than 200 youth athletes, especially those who compete in soccer.

Colleen Valley, the Vice President of South Valley Sports in Cottage Grove says that more than $7,000 worth of soccer equipment was stolen in December when the trailer was taken from the property.

"It's a really big blow for our program," said Valley. "Soccer is our largest participant sport, and spring soccer is where we get a lot of our numbers. That's where we look to bolster our savings and have the money to run other sports that don't bring in quite as much, and need a little help."

With the soccer season set to begin in the first week of April, the stolen equipment has put everything on hold. Even though it's basketball season now, the kids are still aware of what sport comes next.

"It's just really disappointing that somebody would actually steal something from the sports association," said Brooke Violette, a youth player. "I think everybody is really disappointed because they know there might not be a soccer season and everybody wants that."

Valley hopes that the community will take a cue from the kids who just want to play.

"It's always good to work with a group and be part of a team and support each other," said Valley. "Hopefully the community will come together behind us and support us as a team just like we do."

Valley says they have a small emergency fund, but that was to help with the muddy field conditions in the spring to prevent injuries. If you would like to donate to the program, you can contact South Valley Youth Sports.

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