By Palmdale resident Antoinette Williams
My husband and I run a youth football program in Palmdale called Knight Hawks Youth Football and Cheer.
We’ve been running the program without much help for five years.
We ordered our uniforms online through a company called West Coast Team Apparel and dealt with the owner Herb Fullerton.
On Sept. 3rd, Mr. Fullerton sent an email to my husband saying our uniforms were ready and that he needed final payment. I sent him out final payment, and to date, we still don’t have our uniforms. After the Sept. 3rd email, Mr. Fullerton started ignoring our call, texts and e-mails.
He had sent me a sample jersey via fed-x, and I was able to find out that he has the uniforms manufactured at a company called Rioxin Sports in Pakistan. I sent an email to Rioxin and received a response from them saying they were waiting for payment from Herb Fullerton.
Ever since, I have been going back and forth with both Fullerton and Rioxin with each one saying the other is lying. The worst part of this is that our players are suffering because they don’t have uniforms, and we’ve played four of our eight games already.
We have upset parents and kids. Since we paid for the uniforms, and parents still owe money, we don’t have the money to replace the order. I guess I’m sending this message so no one else will use either one of these companies.
The company in Pakistan, Rioxin Sports said they would send our uniforms if we send them a partial payment. If your readers could help us with the $1,800 payment, that would at least allow us to get our uniforms while we take legal action against Mr. Fullerton.
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Editor’s Note: The AV Times contacted West Coast Team Apparel owner Herb Fullerton. He confirmed that Knight Hawks Youth Football and Cheer paid his company for uniforms that were not delivered.
“I don’t make [the uniforms], I’m just the middle man,” Fullerton said, adding that a manufacturing company in Pakistan had walked away with the team’s money and was not returning his calls or emails. Fullerton said he also has a youth sports team, and he said the Pakistan company had failed to produce uniforms for his team, as well. Fullerton said the entire situation had caused him an untold amount of stress and was putting him “in bankruptcy.” He said he was committed to resolving the situation with Knight Hawks Youth Football and Cheer but could not say when it would be resolved.
How you can help
Knight Hawks Youth Football and Cheer is out $4,000 for undelivered uniforms, according to the team’s owners. To help the team come up with the additional $1,800 needed to salvage the uniforms order, or to offer any other assistance, contact the team’s board members at http://www.knighthawksyouthfootballandcheer.org/Contact-Us.html or email Dawill521@sbcglobal.net.