Northview High School soccer players Mitchell Thomas, KJ Thomas and Chandler Reeves -- all freshmen -- along with sophomore Mark Underwood, are in the process of raising the needed funds for a trip to England to take part in the 2012 GotSoccer International Cup.
Mitchell Thomas is the son of Andy Thomas and Jackie Mayle, while Underwood is the son of Max and Theresa Underwood. KJ Thomas is the son of Norman and Susie Thomas and Reeves is the son of Bill and Lea Anne Reeves.
Andy Thomas, who will serve as a chaperone during the trip, said the players were invited to the tournament by a team based in Atlanta.
Andy said he made the necessary contacts through the website, gotsport.com, which was advertising the tourney.
"(The team from Atlanta) has been there before," Andy said.
The group began raising funds in December and plans at least one fundraiser per month through July. The four players and their chaperones will leave July 19 and return July 30.
Andy said estimated cost for the trip was $1,500 per player plus airfare. The fundraising goal is $12,000 total.
A chili dinner has been scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 11, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Kennedy Crossing Bingo Center. Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children 10-under.
In addition to chili, Andy said desserts would be available as well as tea and lemonade.
"We will also be looking for sponsors for the trip to help support the trip," Andy said. "And we are working with the (YCMA of Clay County) to set up a soccer camp to help raise money."
While in England, the players and chaperones will also have the opportunity to visit several historical sites, including Stonehenge, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, and more.
The GotSoccer International Cup Tournament was set up by former soccer professional Edward "Ted" MacDougall.
MacDougall is perhaps best known for scoring nine goals while playing for Bournemouth after the team defeated Margate, 11-0, in 1971. He currently is the coach for the Atlanta Silverbacks, a squad that plays in the North American Soccer League.