UPDATE 9/6/2014 8:00PM
After months of fundraising and an anonymous donation, the Belpre Soccer Club celebrated opening day Saturday.
The first games of the season kicked off with teams running through banners as they were introduced. Organizers say it's not only the kids who were feeling the excitement.
"To me, the energy in the air today, the fact that we're down here today means everything to me, all these parents, all these coaches, the refs, everybody. It was an amazing feeling when we secured the fields and just having the kids down here today playing, it's awesome," says league President, Tim Vaughan.
Back in June the league learned that their fields were sold. The new owner said the only way they could use them would be to buy it themselves.
So while the club was raising money, the fields were purchased by an anonymous buyer.
UPDATE 8/5/2014 5:00 PM
No longer benched.
The Belpre Soccer Club scored a great deal to keep playing on their field.
Earlier this summer, the Belpre Soccer Club suffered a serious disappointment.
The fields they played on were up for sale and the league could not play without buying the land.
An anonymous donor stepped up and bought the land and the Belpre Soccer Club can now play their fall season.
It's a big win for the kids, and parents and coaches are very thankful for the gift.
"It lets our kids get out and learn something. It also teaches teamwork, which is something we all have to learn as we grow up. It teaches them a skill; soccer, it keeps them active and healthy and sportsmanship. Whomever gave the money and bought the field, you know, we really appreciate it," says Patrick Greene, a soccer dad and coach.
The Belpre Soccer Club will start their fall season on Saturday, August 23rd.
The 11 acre property on Washington Avenue... has been home to the Belpre Soccer Club for the last 17 years.
But the family who owns the land is looking to sell.
Over 400 kids ranging from ages four to 17 play on the 14 fields and it's not only kids from Belpre that play there... but all across Washington County.
Club president, Tim Vaughan, is hoping the league can raise enough money in time to purchase the land themselves.
"If these fields aren't available we really don't know what we're going to do because this is a great piece of property for us. If we don't have the fields I don't know what our options are at this point. We can try to find another piece of property. I don't think we're going to find something as perfect as this is," says Vaughan.
If you would like to donate to the Belpre Soccer Club, log onto www.gofundme.com and search "Save Our Fields, Belpre Soccer Club".
For more information contact league President, Tim Vaughan, at 740-706-2494 or Kari Smith at 740-706-2506.