Coach surprises several foster kids with football tickets

Coach gives game tickets to foster kids
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - On Tuesday, a Jonesboro coach made dreams come true for foster children who have never been to a Red Wolves football game.

Kaleigh Romine, a Jonesboro foster mother, posted on her social media account that several foster children in Northeast Arkansas who have never been to a game wanted the chance to go.

"It gets expensive with five to eight people per family," Romine said.

A-State's Head Football Coach Blake Anderson met up with Romine to hand off a surprise delivery.

"Somehow we heard about some kids who wanted to come to a game but didn't have any tickets," Anderson said to Romine.

"That's correct," she said.

Anderson gave the mom the package that he said was from an anonymous person.

"Some of the great people here in town decided that they wanted them to be able to come to the game and have provided some tickets," he said.

Inside, Romine found 20 tickets for the 20 children in foster care.

Although the person who purchased the tickets wanted to stay anonymous, Anderson would not let it slide.

"I don't always go by the rules, so our Head Women's Basketball Coach Brian Boyer purchased those tickets for the families who want those kids to have a great time," he said.

Romine felt overwhelmed, saying Boyer has a heart of gold.

"It's going to make their day, so we are so excited and so thankful," she said.

Coach Anderson said it does not surprise him that Boyer stepped up, saying he always does when there is a need.

"He's probably a little mad at me that I didn't keep him secret," he said. "He wanted to stay anonymous, but too bad. I don't have to follow your rules brother."

Shortly after receiving the tickets, Romine surprised several foster children with them.

"They are so thankful for the opportunity," she said.

Romine said the kids plan to cheer on their favorite Red Wolves in all A-State attire Friday night.

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