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Acworth softball league nearly shut down after mother steals $100,000 

Nathaniel Jordan
A mother and the treasurer for an Acworth softball program shocked her colleagues and players after stealing $100,000 over the course of two years. The park planned to renovate the facilities but instead almost lost out on an entire fall season after a $20,000 check bounced. Kennworth Park officials now use this tragic event as a warning sign for other non-profit leagues to monitor their finances.

March 6, a local Acworth softball league claims a former treasurer and mother stole over $100,000 from the organization’s softball league. Located approximately a mile down the road from NC, the softball program, hosting leagues for girls aged 4-18 years old, has produced a considerable portion of the Warriors’ talent, including current players on this year’s historic roster

33-year-old mother Brook Foster worked as the treasurer for Kennworth Park Recreation Association (KPRA), handling finances for the park’s softball league. Over the course of two years, Foster withdrew increments of money from the program’s bank account until eventually accumulating tens of thousands of dollars by 2022.

“We in the community were all so close… to know that we [players’ families] put money in there [KPRA] as well, it just breaks my heart to know it wasn’t going to the right place. The batting cages were kind of worn down and I know a lot of girls in other communities can’t enjoy softball at their local parks because of a lack of funding.  Hopefully, they can find someone that can be trusted, learn from their experiences and hopefully build a better community and a better sports complex,” former KPRA athlete Roselyn Morris said.

Morris played softball at Kennworth Park until her sophomore year of high school. After leaving the program, Morris continued her softball career at NC, leading the Warriors to the final four in 2023.

Foster’s actions remained unnoticed until the non-profit’s president, Elizabeth Theobald, noticed a negative balance in the account. KPRA laid out plans for a $20,000 renovation to the softball batting cages. However, when the bank bounced the check at start the project, Theobald grew suspicious. Her concerns eventually led to an investigation by Channel 2 Action News investigative reporter Veronica Griffin to warn other non-profit organizations to protect their finances. KPRA wanted to press harsher charges on Foster, but they never outlined a formal agreement regarding how Foster withdrew money or what she could withdraw the cash for. Foster’s actions almost completely halted the 2022 fall season and postponed the batting cage’s construction. 

“We were able to pull it together to make sure the girls had a season. Since then, we’ve been fiscally responsible. So, we’ve been able to provide what is needed for the park, but we still haven’t been able to get the batting cages… People need to take precautions. Even when you think you know someone, you really don’t,” Theobald said.

Foster awaits a trial on theft charges after her release on a 50,000 dollar bond out of Cobb County Jail in Marietta. KPRA has since added steps to monitor how money moves in and out of their accounts. 

Body: Nathaniel Jordan
The batting cages at Kennworth Parks and Recreation Association (KPRA) planned to update in the summer of 2022 remain in place until the organization can build the necessary funds. The fully concrete flooring and rusted gates serve as a reminder of the damage mishandled finances can cause. After they come back to their feet, KPRA hopes to construct the new batting cages and heal the scars left by a two-year-long theft.
(Nathaniel Jordan)


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Nathaniel Jordan, a senior magnet student and cadet in NC’s NJROTC program,  begins his first year on the school newspaper. Jordan's deep passion for writing and research led him to his aspirations of journalism as a future career path. Outside the classroom, Jordan has played for NC’s baseball team, participated on three competitive teams in JROTC and is employed as a head instructor at Choi Kwang Do martial arts. His creative mind extends his wide range of talents into painting, skateboarding and photography. Jordan consistently constructs compelling and thought-provoking poems and is currently working on his first poetry book poetry. Jordan volunteers every Sunday at his church working in the daycare, and strives to be active in school and in his community. With his strenuous efforts to demonstrate great leadership, Jordan attained positions as assistant operations officer, platoon commander, and class leader in JROTC. Jordan also served as a magnet ambassador. Jordan’s goals on The Chant are to grow the NC community and to bring knowledge to social events, breaking news and spreading his passion and knowledge to all readers. Reaching the tail end of his high school career, Jordan hopes his variety of articles on The Chant can help grow the spirit of Warrior Nation, and ensure that nobody is uninformed.

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