CHICAGO (CBS) — There was a big surprise Sunday for some hardworking youth football players on Chicago’s South Side.

Brand new uniforms were donated to the Southside Wolfpack Youth Football Team. They were a gift from the Uniform Funding Foundation – a group of college students who provide free gear and mentorship to youth teams in underserved communities.

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The group chose the Wolfpack because of the players’ greatness – both on the field and in the classroom.

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That work-hard, play-hard mentality is instilled in the players by Coach Ernest Radcliffe, whom we featured on CBS 2 in June.

“I want to save every kid if I can. I want to take the kids they say are bad. I want to take the kids they say can’t learn,” Radcliffe told CBS 2’s Jim Williams at that time. “I believe that once they get into a program and given the proper structure, then we can turn things around.”

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The new uniforms are not the only big surprise the team has had this year. Former President Barack Obama stopped by a practice in Jackson Park to visit the players last month.

CBS 2 Chicago Staff