The undefeated Chester Panthers age 8-and-under football team has the opportunity of a lifetime and is hoping for the community’s help.

The team, which is not only undefeated, but did not allow one point to be scored against them this entire season, has earned a place in the UYFL national championship to be played in Florida on Saturday, Dec. 5th.

To make the trip, the team must come up with $11,000 to finance the week-long journey, which includes travel, boarding and food.

Chester Panthers President Charles Thompson said the 21 players and coaches intend to drive to the Sunshine State because flying would be too expensive.

To help raise money for the trip, team members and their families have been participating in tag days, cookie sales, and an online fundraising effort was started on

“We just cannot afford to fly the kids down there,” Thompson said. “It’s too expensive. Some of the parents have volunteered to drive and, of course, so have the coaches.”

Facebook and Twitter has also helped in raising awareness and funds for the team.

Individual contributions and businesses, as well as help from Maggie May’s Campus Pub near Widener University, has resulted in about $6,000 in contributions, Thompson said.

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