Rockton Rebels 12u football team is raising money for Florida travel

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ROCKTON, Ill (WIFR) -- The Rockton Rebels football team is raising money to play in Florida at the ESPN Wide World of Sports December 7 through the 14.

Rockton Rebels is raising money for Florida games

The team needs to raise $30,000 to send more than a dozen kids to the tournament. Coaches say this is one of the strongest teams they have seen play in the area.

"We're taking 20 young men down to Florida, so fundraising is a big thing," says Brian Kelly. "We do have a go fund me page that people can go to just under "Rockton Rebels" or "Root for the Rebels" to help out our organization. So we hope for the support from the 815 and bring back a national title to the area."

The team won the state competition on November 2 and also won in the region against 12 other states. Most of the team members will play at Hononegah Community High School in the next several years.