Chicago High School Wins State Basketball Title, But The School Can't Afford Rings

Pictured: Morgan Park Mustangs win 2017 Class 3A State Championship in boys basketball.

On March 18th, Morgan Park High School—located on the Southside of Chicago—won the Class 3A state championship in boys basketball. But the kids still haven't received their rings.

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School administrators from Morgan Park are reporting that they don't expect to have the money necessary to buy rings for nearly 30 players. "We don't have any money left from our basketball funds for the rings," said Berger, Mustangs' athletic director to DNA Info.

This isn't the Morgan Park Mustangs first basketball title. They also won in 2013 and 2014. Chicago Public Schools previously helped pay for the rings, but because of severe budget cuts, it didn't happen this year.

The Athletics director posted a note on Twitter, requesting support and donations to help the students get their rings. It reads:
Dear Morgan Park Basketball Fans, Parents, and Community Members.
On March 18, 2017 the Morgan Park Boys Basketball Team won their 3rd State Championship in the last 5 years by beating Fenwick in overtime. In the past, Chicago Public Schools and Morgan Park High School would help in the purchase of State Championship rings for the team and coaches. However, in the severe budget crisis times we are living in no financial help is available form these sources this year in helping with the purchase of rings for the team and coaches.
We are looking to the Morgan Park Basketball Community for monetary donations so we can make this State Championship just as special for this team as it was for the first two teams. If you are interested in making a donation please call, come in, or email.Michael BergerAthletic DirectorMorgan Park High School1744 W. Prior AveChicago, IL, 60643 
 
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