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Cash-poor soccer league gets help

As police continue looking into the potential misappropriation of funds for the Healdsburg Youth Soccer League, others are coming forward to make sure the children will be able to play.

The San Jose Earthquakes are donating $4,000 worth of tickets to their games and $1,000 in cash to the youth soccer organization.

In addition, Adidas will be donating 120 soccer balls and 150 sports jerseys.

"The outpouring has been great," said Healdsburg City Councilwoman Lisa Wittke Schaffner, who also is secretary for the soccer league. "That's very exciting."

She said several service clubs in Healdsburg also are poised to help out with fund-raising for the league, which discovered it was broke and suspected more than than $35,000 of its funds may have been misappropriated.

League board members are reviewing checks that former president Kyle Hoffman wrote to himself for expenses that did not appear to be legitimate.

For example, Hoffman wrote a check to himself for $3,400 for "taxes," even though the league is a non-profit that does not pay taxes, according to Aziz Zhari, the new league president.

Hoffman declined comment when contacted by The Press Democrat.

Acting Healdsburg Police Chief Kevin Young said Friday it could take several months to conclude his department's investigation.

Young said he is awaiting more financial records from the soccer league to determine how much money may have been misspent.

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