ANN ARBOR (WXYZ) - Vandals hit a youth soccer league just hours before the club’s annual tryouts, but organizers are doing exactly what they teach their young players to do: persevere.
Piotr Westwalewicz, founder of the Michigan Premier Soccer Academy, arrived at Concordia University’s soccer field in Ann Arbor around 7:30 a.m. Saturday. “The tent looked like a pancake,” said Westwalewicz. “It was flat on the ground there were a few stakes standing up.”
Several tents had been placed the night before ahead of Saturday’s tryouts. Overnight, vandals slashed the tents, bent the poles and knocked over the portable toilet.
“I’m really surprised by that,” said Amy Bullock, whose daughter, Emma, plays on the team. “I’m disappointed to hear that something like that has happened. I have no idea who would’ve wanted to do something like that.”
Within hours of discovering the vandalism, the MPSA community made up for the loss. Volunteers pitched donated tents, providing a much needed shelter for players during a scorching day.
Organizers have filed a police report, but so far no arrests have been made.
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