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Soccer jersey auction nets $3K for Boys & Girls Clubs
Soccer jersey auction nets $3K for Boys & Girls Clubs

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Silverbacks recently auctioned off their game-worn jerseys from their first season in the North American Soccer League.

This auction raised more than $3,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Atlanta, according to a release from the Silverbacks.

"Auctioning the jerseys was a great, creative way to raise awareness and funds to support keeping kids in our community healthy," Missy Dugan, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta, said in a statement. "We teach our kids every day about the importance of physical activity, good health and positive life choices. We look forward to more great opportunities like this with the Silverbacks."

During the auction, the winning bidders got to meet the players whose jerseys they received, collect autographs and take pictures.

The top bid was $255 each for the jerseys of goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer, and midfielders Raphael Cox and Lucas Paulini.

Paulini, the Silverbacks' captain, was blown away by the generosity he saw during the auction.

"[Our fans] stuck by us all season, and it was great to be able to give them something meaningful to take home while also supporting an organization that does so much good for kids in Atlanta," he said.

One hundred children from the local Boys & Girls Clubs attended the Silverbacks' final game of the season on Sept. 24 as guests of the team.