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Football: Crenshaw gets support from coast to coast

December 17, 2009 |  1:02 am

This gives new meaning to the term Crenshaw Nation.

Crenshaw assistant principal Luther Waters said he has received calls and e-mails from people as far east as Pennsylvania willing to buy tickets for underprivileged players' families to attend the Cougars' first bowl game Saturday against Concord De La Salle at the Home Depot Center.

The response has been so overwhelming, in fact, that Crenshaw administrators are going to be able to offer two complimentary tickets for every player and additional tickets to disabled students and ones who have demonstrated leadership and/or improvement on campus.

Among the more heartwarming stories to emerge: Parents of De La Salle students have offered to financially support families of the players they will compete against Saturday, and former USC and NFL receiver Keary Colbert has donated an undisclosed sum to pay for tickets so that players' families can attend the game.

"He asked me what amount would be sufficient for the kids and he met that amount," Waters said.

Colbert said he learned about the players' need from a Facebook post by USC radio broadcaster Pete Arbogast.

"By the time I read to the bottom," he said, "I already knew that I wanted to do it because I know how much this means and I know how big a deal this is for the families and the community to come out and support the kids."

--Ben Bolch