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BURLINGTON, N.C. -- A retired little league coach is helping dozens of students from Eastlawn Elementary school play baseball for free.

David Vaughn created three baseball teams after realizing the school didn’t have any team sports.

Vaughn said many of the parents were also struggling financially and wouldn’t be able to afford the registration fees and uniform costs for their children to play.

“It can be pretty expensive with uniforms and registration, it’s probably over $100 a kid. That’s tough for some folks to do,” Vaughn said.

Vaughn used his own money along with donations from community supporters and his staff of assistant coaches to buy gear and equipment for all 35 players.

“We had to get gloves, balls, bats, uniforms, and catcher’s equipment,” he said. “We didn’t have a field. We had to practice on a soccer field.”

Vaughn said his goal is to try to form more baseball teams with another school in the city next year.