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McGavock baseball team loses concession stand in act of vandalism


An unfortunate act of vandalism and destruction has cost the McGavock High School baseball team their concession stand.

The stand was the team's main source of revenue.

"That's a big part of what the team lives on every year. There was still frozen meat, burgers and hot dogs in the freezer. There were boxes of candy, so they wouldn't melt, in the refrigerator. A brand new grill we just bought," said Becky Moss, a parent of one of the team members.

This is money that's spent on important things, like equipment, field conditioning, umpires and even team jerseys.

"It's in jeopardy, definitely. If we can't replace this quickly, by the time our season starts, we're going to start losing revenue," said Coach Kevin Holt.

Parents like Moss said they feel especially devastated since they're the ones who built it, worked in it and watched their children benefit from it.

"The parents, players, the alumni built this building. They just put so much into everything so the baseball team can survive every year," Moss said.

Police and fire officials are treating this as a vandalism case.

"Sickening, heart wrenching. It's just like someone punched you in the stomach," Moss said.

Holt said he hopes to find a way to turn an act of defiance into a teachable moment for his players.

"You've gotta overcome that. You can't just make the excuse that, 'Well, we don't have a concession stand anymore.' You have to move on from that and you have to rebuild and hopefully improve," he said.

The baseball team's booster club is set up as a nonprofit and donations are accepted. Not only do they have to replace what's lost without insurance, the concessions also account for about 20 percent of the team's annual budget.

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