DEL CITY, OKLA. - The dream is free, but the hustle is sold separately.
The Raptors are all heart.
Their otherwise successful season was marred by something off the field.
Raptors and their parents want to know what former coach, Jennifer Strother, did with the uniform cash.
Parent, Nicole Estrada, said, “I've already said if this had happened to me I probably would have counted it as a loss, but you're doing this to a group of children. [That’s] not okay. It's just not okay.”
When Strother wouldn't repay the money, new Raptors coach, Adam Cherry, and other parents sued her.
That's where we found her waiting to go before a judge.
News Channel 4’s Scott Hines says, “Bottom line is you accepted cash under the pretense that cash would go towards uniforms and here we are at the end of the season and they still don't have their uniforms.”
Strother claims she tried purchasing the uniforms online, but couldn't complete the order because several parents weren't paid up in full.
What is our business is making sure these kids have uniforms.
We pulled off a big surprise for them, hooking the team up with new uniforms from Rookies Sporting Goods.
Owner, Jami Snell, says, “We'll have numbers and new jerseys.”
Back in court a judge ruled Strother must pay back the parents.
“Of course,” she said. “I'm not stealing nobody's money.”
These Raptors have found unity through adversity.
They’ve refused to throw in the towel.
Both sides can put this mess to rest once and for all.
Strother finally made good with the parents, refunding the cash in full.