Franklin football players raise $10K to help deaf teammate


FRANKLIN, Mass. ( -- A Pop Warner team from Franklin has raised more than $10,000 so that one of their teammates can get back out on the field this season.

FOX 25 first shared Kyle Florio's story during the news at 10 p.m. Wednesday.

Kyle is deaf and does not read lips. He would be unable to play football without an interpreter. Thanks to the generosity of the 9-year-old's teammates and others who were inspired by his story, the team has surpassed the funds needed to make sure Kyle has an interpreter at every scrimmage and practice.

This is the third year Kyle has played for the Franklin Chargers Pop Warner team. He has big dreams, including one that involves the team his idol, Tom Brady, plays for.

"I wouldn't mind playing for the Patriots," the 9-year-old told FOX 25's Heather Hegedus via an interpreter.

The team needed to raise $3,600 to pay for an interpreter this season. If you'd still like to help the team, visit:

To see Heather Hedegus' original story about Kyle, click here.