LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - After winning the State Title, you would have thought the Lufkin Soccer team put in enough work to earn themselves a state ring. That is not the case because the next thing is, who is going to pay for it?
The boys are now putting in a different type of work to get those rings. The team is leaving one last mark on the school by doing maintenance projects at Lufkin High School.
The UIL restricts schools from paying for the state rings so the money to buy them is coming out of pocket.
The team is in their second week of working seven hour days at the school, and said they still have several more weeks of repainting the walls ahead of them.
"They knew that I think ahead of time and we were just searching for ways to build up the funds," said head soccer coach Russell Shaw. "I think getting up here and getting together is fun for them."
"It's been a blast being able to work hard and put forth the effort to win state, but also put forth the effort to give back to the community and to the school," said goalkeeper Terry Ward. "The school being so generous to let us paint and earn money to put towards our rings has been a blessing."
While the boys are working hard, they are accepting donations for those who would like to contribute to their goal of paying for their state rings.
There is an account named "State Rings" at First Bank and Trust in Lufkin.