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They’re 0-17 but new fans give team something to “shoot” for [Video]

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I got this one as a tip from a reader. It’s a simple story that is oddly touching.

If you’ve ever felt like the unappreciated underdog — this one is for you!

The Roosevelt Lady Roughriders were 0-17 heading into Tuesday night’s game against Madison. Their coach, Craig Woods, said a typical night will draw a sparse crowd of about 30 people.

But on this night, 1,600 packed the gym at Roosevelt to watch the girls basketball team’s final home game of the year.

With his team holding a winless record, Woods never expected to see the stands packed. But a recent column by Steve Duin in The Oregonian newspaper sparked a storm of support for his winless team.

“Usually this kind of support comes to winning teams, so for this to happen to a team that’s not winning, it’s really, really something,” Woods said.

the players’ own parents were unable to attend games, many of them because they couldn’t afford a car, the $6 tickets or were forced to stay home to watch their children.

On senior night, however, hundreds of people from across the metro area packed the stands. The crowd included a group of about 900 from Southlake Church in West Linn.

“We just wanted to come out and give the girls a reason to get excited,” said Kelly Mooney, who attended the game.

Read more and watch this story: Fans Pack Stands For 0-17 Roosevelt

Photo: Flickr user  ~*cheri*~

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Written by allpositivenews

02/19/2009 at 11:06 pm

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