- A four-year-old Florida State football fan was so sick of his team losing that he decided to take matters into his own hands and opened a lemonade stand with the explicit purpose of buying out the struggling coach’s contract.
- The coach, Willie Taggart, is in the second year of a six-year $US30 million contract. Under his leadership, the team failed to make a bowl game for the first time in 36 years last year.
- The four-year-old sold lemonade for $US20 per glass and sold out in just three hours.
- The young fan’s father matched every dollar he made, bringing the grand total for the protest lemonade sale to over $US400 – slightly short of the $US17 million needed to buy out Taggart’s contract.
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Its been a rough start to the season for Florida State football fans. So rough, in fact, that one local die-hard decided to take matters into his own hands by trying to buy out the remainder of the head coach’s contract with lemonade stand sales. That ambitious fan’s name is Grayton Grant and he’s just four years old.
The “Free Willie” lemonade stand raised $241 in just under three hours. https://t.co/o7lder6ttO
— Tallahassee Democrat (@TDOnline) September 15, 2019
“I am tired of losing football games and being made fun of at school for being a Seminole fan,” Grant wrote in a letter seen by The Tallahassee Democrat.
Grant had two white signs taped up to his place of business with some of the coach’s less flattering stats written with a black marker. Next to the sign with the stats was a sign noting that “ALL proceeds will go towards Willie Taggart’s $US20,000,000 buyout.”
The Sunday buyout fundraiser came on the heels of a brutal 24 to 31 loss to the University of Virginia. That loss came two weeks after the team blew an 18 point lead against Boise State in their season opener.
Many blame Coach Taggert, who is in the second year of a six-year, $US30 million contract for the losses. Taggart disappointed Florida State Seminole fans last year when the team, under his leadership, failed to make a bowl game for the first time in 36 years. All that has made fans like Grant to imagine ways to buy out the rest of Taggart’s contract and see him leave for good.
Grant charged $US20 per glass and sold out in three hours
The lemonade did not flow freely, or even cheaply. According to The Tallahassee Democrat, the four-year-old charged $US20 per cup for his front yard protest lemonade. Despite the inflated price, the paper said that Grant’s stand still managed to sell out in just three hours with a total sale of $US241. To help Grant along, his father opted to match his son’s sale to the dollar, bringing the total to well over $US400.
In an interview with USA Today, Grant’s mother, Jamie, said she had encouraged her son to do something productive rather than complain. She said she didn’t realise he’d take the issue quite this far.
“A simple lesson of not being a complainer sure escalated quickly,” she said to USA Today.
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