For a small country like Trinidad & Tobago, the odds of making their first-ever Women’s World Cup are long enough. But not even their unpaid coach Randy Waldrum could have expected how little financial help he would receive from his own Football Association to achieve that goal.
Five hundred dollars.
That is all the “Soca Princesses” received, along with the kits on their backs, for next week’s qualification tournament in the United States. Five hundred dollars to last them for food, transportation and equipment for at least two weeks, for the whole team.
Faced with this impossible shortage of funds, Waldrum, who also coaches the NWSL’s expansion team Houston Dash and previously led Notre Dame to two NCAA championships, has taken to social media to ask for help.
I need HELP! T&T sent a team here last night with $500 total. No equipment such as balls,no transportation from airport to hotel, nothing.— Randy Waldrum (@CoachWaldrum)October 8, 2014
I don’t know how I’m going to feed these players starting at lunch today! If you know of anyone in Dallas area that will help with food, etc— Randy Waldrum (@CoachWaldrum)October 8, 2014
Please let me know asap! And I’m suppose to qualify this team for a World Cup! I have to help these players somehow..they deserve better— Randy Waldrum (@CoachWaldrum)October 8, 2014
It didn’t take long for support to pile in, and Waldrum quickly found an outlet to set up a donation page. We encourage you all to join!
— Randy Waldrum (@CoachWaldrum)October 8, 2014
The outpouring of help has been amazing!! Thank you guys so much..trying to get back to everyone now! #soccerfamily— Randy Waldrum (@CoachWaldrum)October 8, 2014
You can watch every match of Waldrum’s Trinidad & Tobago side during the Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament LIVE on FOX Sports 1 and 2. For the full schedule, click here.
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