Budget cuts impact Jr. Olympic athletes

July 15, 2010 5:32:34 PM PDT
Four ambitious girls in Jersey City had their dreams of competing at the Junior Olympics denied.

The young runners from the New Jersey Police Athletic League qualified for the national competition, but the league can't afford to send them because of recent budget cuts.

The highly-driven, fast runners of the Police Athletic League have won so many track medals, you can hear them before you see them. After working so diligently, they have become the best relay team in four states and they are all just 11 years old.

The Director of the Police Athletic league says donations are down 35 percent, due to the recession.

With less than two weeks away, the girls are struggling to come up with $3,300, which is the total cost to send the girls, a chaperone and the coach to the competition on July 30.

After being recently informed that there is no money available, their families are scrambling to make their dreams happen.

"Now for you to let these girls run so far and get there and then snatch it back? No! You're not about to tell 11-year-old girls no," Tawanda Gibbs, a parent of one of the runners, said.

The girls may not have any money, but they have heart and they are determined to find a way to California.

They are hoping an angel out there sees this story and comes through for them.