Milwaukee dance team hit by bus driver shortage after travel fundraiser

FOX6 viewers recently rallied to support a team of cash-strapped young Milwaukee dancers to make it to an out-of-state competition, by donating over $ 8,000. The Royal Heat dance team have booked their bus, but sadly now they are facing a devastating setback.

Planning to leave at midnight, coach Gloria McCoy received her booking confirmation on Thursday morning, September 30. To his surprise, about an hour later, the bus company told him that a shortage of drivers had held back the team. plans.

“I’m still a little shocked,” said Gloria McCoy, coach of the Royal Heat dance team.

Over the past week and a half, Coach McCoy and the Royal Heat dance team have had their ups and downs. The team were invited to a competition on Oct. 2 in Greenville, South Carolina, but lacked the necessary funds. FOX6 viewers stepped in, helping them exceed their fundraising goal.

“It was amazing,” McCoy said. “It was like, mind blowing.”

With the money, they booked a charter bus for 28 people this weekend, but less than 15 hours before they left, McCoy received an email stating that one of the two drivers was ill – and the company of bus should cancel its reservation.

“I never knew they would cancel on the same day,” McCoy said. “I first got my receipt saying everything was paid for and we’re good to go. I wasn’t angry, I was sadder.”

Plus, McCoy said, the dancers and their parents who decided to fly had already boarded their planes when she heard the shocking news.

That’s when FOX6 got involved. The original bus company said it couldn’t find a replacement. Call after call after call, FOX6 News spoke Thursday with representatives from more than a dozen transportation companies. All said they were also plagued by a shortage of drivers.

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“By whatever means we need to get these kids to South Carolina,” McCoy said.

Coach McCoy isn’t giving up yet, keeping faith that that too will come true.

“It’s not just a dance team,” said McCoy. “It’s a dance family. The reason it’s a dance family is because it brings joy and hope and when I walk in and see their faces it makes me feel makes you smile on a bad day. “

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The original bus company reimbursed the team.

FOX6 News received an update Thursday night from McCoy that she was able to book a 15-passenger van at a local Enterprise Rent-A-Car branch; she is still working on a carpooling solution for the rest of the team.

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