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Tyler Perry gives $5K to robbed Gwinnett soccer team

8:17 AM, Jun 20, 2013   |    comments
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 4468 -- Pictured: Director Tyler Perry during an interview on May 23, 2013 -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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Atlanta-based actor, writer and director Tyler Perry wrote a $5,000 check this week to a Lawrenceville soccer team that lost money from a fundraiser when the team's coach's truck was broken into following the event.

"Out of nowhere I got a call from Tyler Perry's publicist company," coach Michael Samnik told the Gwinnett Daily Post. "They told me that Tyler Perry had seen the news and that he was very moved by what happened."

According to an incident report filed by Lilburn Police, officers were called to the Oyster Barn on Beaver Ruin Road on June 9. A person there told police they saw a man wearing a motorcycle helmet smash the window of a vehicle belonging to a Gwinnett Soccer Association coach.

Samnik, who coaches the Phoenix Red U-16 team, told officers all the money the team raised at a fundraiser was taken. The incident report stated that more than $2,400 in cash was stolen.

The team is reportedly ranked No. 1 in the nation in its age group, according to

Church's Chicken also reached out to the team following the break-in, donating $4,000 and lunch.


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