Updated:GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. —
Media mogul Tyler Perry is lending support to a Gwinnett County soccer team after a thief stole thousands of dollars it raised for an out-of-state tournament.
Thieves stole about $4,000 from the Phoenix Red Boys after a long day of fundraising last week. A motorcyclist stole the money from vehicles as the team ate inside a restaurant.
The team has held subsequent fundraisers, and Church’s Chicken even pledged $3,000, but the coach said they still had a long way to go.
On Tuesday, Channel 2 Action News confirmed Perry is donating $5,000.
Ranked No. 1 in the country, the Red Boys team needs the money for this week’s regional tournament in Oklahoma, and then for nationals in Kansas.
"It's not about winning or losing games. It's more for the boys to do a showcase there, so that the college coaches can offer them scholarships," Coach Bruno Kalonji said.
It’s Perry’s second big donation to make headlines this week. He also donated $50,000 to a local man who was injured saving a 4-year-old drowning in a river. The injuries have left Mike Patterson paralyzed.