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Football team loses thousands of dollars, scrapping to finish season

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An area football team is in a dilemma.

The Eastern Iowa Storm is a team based in Waterloo, made of men from all walks of life, some even coming from rival gangs.

Despite differences, the team, headed by former amateur player Tim Cummings worked to put together a first season.

With a little elbow grease and perseverance, he started the Eastern Iowa Storm.

"These guys mean a lot to me," said Cummings.

For the most part, the season had been going great.

The guys had been winning games and becoming friends.

"A lot of these guys come from different gangs, but spending more time together they realized they're actually talking about becoming friends," said Nick Alvarez, a former UNI football player and current Storm player.

Then, with less than half the season to go, things took a turn.

Cummings had put nearly $5000 of raised funds into new jerseys the team designed together.

But the manufacturer folded, and for a while, it seemed the team was out of luck.

"When we found this out, my husband came to the practice and said 'guys, what do we do?' Do we keep going or do we fold?" said Storm co-owner Tina Cummings.

A tough question; the team would have to pay everything out of pocket, and many of the players don't have jobs.

But he quickly learned for these men, folding wasn't an option.

"Every one of these guys said 'we keep going' and that just shows the spirit of this team as a family," said Tina.

"We're scrapping along, we're doing promotions and car washes and knocking on doors," said Tim.

The team has filed a fraud case with the state, and hope to get the money back for the jerseys they never got soon.

In the meantime, they're paying out of pocket for their travel expenses.

A link to their GoFundMe account can be found here.

Their next two home games will be on August 8 and August 22 at Lyle Leinbaugh Field in Independence.

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