Local mom opens home to families turned away from kids’ games

RALEIGH COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – After being turned away from her son’s football game, an Independence Middle School mother opens her home to other parents.

Erica Fox has a son on the football team at Independence Middle School. As a single mom, she often has to bring her other children with her, but the school policy says only parents are allowed at the games.

Starting tonight, Fox welcomes families in similar situations into her home to watch live streams of games.

“I think it’s going to be a great turnout,” said Fox. “So far, it’s only families from our school, from Independence. I welcome anyone from Trap Hill, Park, all the local schools. Every one of those schools have a middle school football team and they’re dealing with the same thing.”

Anyone interested in joining Fox and other families for live-streamed games, food and drinks can reach out to her on Facebook or message her at 304-673-3810.

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