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Drill team still seeking help for trip to Obama inauguration

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The waving of green flags and twirling of wooden rifles have helped keep dozens of inner city children steer clear of gangs, drugs and violence.

"Since I was 8, about 13 years. I'm 22 now," said Jeffrey Lovett, a member of the South Shore Drill Team.

For Lovett and the rest of the South Shore Drill Team, it has taken years of hard work to prepare them for the world stage at President Barack Obama's inaugural parade but getting there is going to be tough.

The team is short the thousands of dollars needed to make the historic trip and cover the costs for its 55 members and 25 chaperones.

"We're still pushing. We have about a week left," said Lovett.

"Sometimes you can't always go somewhere because your economics so I just hope we can," said Tamisha Dorsey, a member of the South Shore Drill Team.

The team is practicing and praying for a last minute miracle in the form of money. So far they've raised $20,000 but they're still $25,000 short of their goal. Even so, they say that's not going to stop them from getting to the nation's capital.

"God is going to get us there regardless of the money, it's deep in my heart," said Michael Borum, Assistant Director of the South Shore Drill Team.

Tragedy is also another powerful motivator.

The team loss one of their own to gun violence. 17 year old Jonathan Williams was fatally shot on October 8, 2012 near the Gary Comer Youth Center, where drill team members practice and perform.

"So he would have been going," said Borum.

The team is making a final push to raise the funds needed to head east.

"They're all enthused about it so they're even trying to get out here and get donations… To say you performed for the President, from his hometown and for him to recognize you and being in the parade, he knows about South Shore Drill Team so when we come down, he's going to know who we are," said Borum.

The South Shore Drill Team was selected out of nearly 2800 applicants across the country.

For more information and to donate, visit southshoredrillteam.org.

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