• Report: #832147

Complaint Review: Dallas Stars - Paul Ahearne

  • Submitted: Tue, January 31, 2012
  • Updated: Fri, March 08, 2013

  • Reported By: anonymous — Rockwall Texas United States of America
Dallas Stars - Paul Ahearne
4099 VALLEY VIEW LANE Dallas, Texas United States of America

Dallas Stars/Paul Ahearne ALL ABOUT THE MONEY !!!! Dallas, Texas

*UPDATE Employee ..inside information: Grants Awarded to Dallas Star Players in Need by year 2010 - $20,730 / 2011 - $27,175 / 2012 - $21,550

*Consumer Comment: Stars have always treated us fairly

*Consumer Comment: Paul Ahearne pays himself $33K in salary plus he is paid out of the $220K funds for coaching and administrative payments. Read the latest IRS Income Return.

*Consumer Comment: The Real Facts

*Consumer Comment: Zero $$ dollars in grants paid out by Paul Ahearne Dallas Stars. IRS documents reveal 0 grant amounts paid. Dallas Stars claim to pay out grants to kids for baseball but the facts are irrefutable.

*Consumer Comment: Get Your Facts Straight

*Consumer Comment: $337,780 in 2011-2012 says Paul is very much about the money

*UPDATE Employee: Paul Ahearne and Dallas Stars Baseball Club

*UPDATE Employee: Dallas Stars Parent and Fan

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On or about late November my son was asked to try out for the Dallas Stars 13u Selesct baseball team. Within 24 hours after his try out we were emailed a contract to join Paul Ahearnes organization. My son to say the least was so delighted because he wanted to play for the Dallas Stars for his friends played in that organization. We did what we were  asked and sent in our paper  work. We even went to a practice. And we felt things were going great.

Then all of sudden we did not get an email for a mandatory parent meeting so I knew something was not right. But my sons friend told us where the meeting was so we showed up and Paul Ahearne said he was sorry there must have been an over-site and that we were on the team and to pay our down payment of $500.00 and $90.00 for some uniforms, In which we did. I ask Paul Ahearne three times that I did not feel good about what had happened and how did our paper work get lost when a week earlier we were at a practice and were receiving all emails from coach Jason Lawerence.

So others words I gave him another out if he did not want us on the team. He told me Mr. Gallegos do not read more into this there was just an error in their paper work and that my son was assured a spot on the 13u Dallas Stars.

So then today January 31,2012 I get a call from Paul Ahearne stating that my son was no longer on the team that two of his returning players decided to come back and join his team. So picture this as a parent of a son who loves baseball and as never NOT made a select team that he got kicked off with no time to find another select team.

My son worked hard in saving all his money to buy his own cleats to match his uniform and then Paul Ahearne pulls the rug from under his feet with out any full explanation what so ever. Its all about the money with Paul Ahearne my son was good enough when he thought he was not going to have enough players to fill a 13u team. Then when things changed and some  players decided to return he kicked my son off the team that is just plain wrong. Well Mr. Ahearne I have news for you KARMA is a b***h and I gurantee you when it bites you in the butt it will bite you far more then what you did to my 13 year old boy what you did was wrong. So when something does go wrong that you did not expect remember this day and think about what you did to this 13 year old boy.

Then you had the nerve to ask me to drive and return the uniform back to you 30 miles from where i live and that if everything was there you would refund my $ 590.00 deposit. Since when are you given the right to hurt a 13 year old boy and hold a uniform hostage ?

If he was not good enough in November to make your club you should have said so and we would have moved on , but you personally stated he was good enough to play for your organization. The 13u team did not even have one full practice so that Jason could see if my son even had any skills. So again not fair and I know life is not always fair but come on. You were given three chances to not have us on the team until your returning players decided to come back then you made your decision. The decision should have been to the returning players that could not make up thier minds if they want to play or not. that they had lost their spots But then again I should have picked up on this for most of this team is new. So right there that should have told me alot of players did not return for what ever reason.

I hope people read this and understand what you and your organiztion  really stand for. People that personally know you said they  could not believe that you would pull this stunt. And i did talk to some parents who used to play in your organization and they told me if I had spoken to them first they would have advised me to steer away from you and your organization. I guess my fault I should have done better research but I guess thats how we learn. I know now !!!!

This is not the major leagues for goodness sake its youth baseball. Since when did the mighty dollar and all about winning get in the way of a boys heart being crushed over a game. If I get one kid to not join your organization I did my job. So parents beware its all about the MONEY !!!!!

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#1 UPDATE Employee ..inside information

Grants Awarded to Dallas Star Players in Need by year 2010 - $20,730 / 2011 - $27,175 / 2012 - $21,550

AUTHOR: anonymous - ()

2013-12-03 04:42:10

Just the Facts and Whom it may concern,

We appreciate you going the extra mile and doing research regarding our Select Baseball Organization. The Dallas Stars Baseball Club takes pride in being well known for its overall honesty, integrity, and character. The amended tax forms for all three years shows that all of these grants were given out to families with players that qualified for financial need. You will see on line 13 of the forms below with amounts issued. 

The Dallas Stars Baseball Club has awarded grants of $69,455.00 over the last 3 years!!!!

2010 - $20,730.00

2011 - $27,175.00

2012 - $21,550.00

Below I have attached information regarding our program, as well as our amended tax documents. It's unfortunate than someone would maliciously attack our Organization in an effort to tarnish our reputation, but the staff, administration, coaches, and families/players that are with our club know what we are really about and that is developing ballplayers at a competitive level. Our Organization is always looking at avenues to better serve our clients needs and will continue to do so in the future. Instead of hiding behind an angry false report with no facts and anonymous name, you should contact Paul Ahearne or any or the staff to resolve your issue like an adult. Anyone can post something about any person, business, or service online and make false statements, but if your going to do so we would appreciate telling us your name and taking ownership of your post. Thank you for your time, effort, and energy creating this post because it only gives our organization the opportunity to let the public know the truth of your accusations. 

Respectfully,

Dallas Stars Staff

 

 

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Stars have always treated us fairly

AUTHOR: Stars Fan - ()

My son has been playing baseball for Paul Ahearne and the Dallas Stars now for 4 years.  He has played both Spring and Fall seasons every year.  Each season he has received a partial scholarship to help cover some of the costs for fees.  We have been extremely grateful to Paul for the ability to help us with these costs, as we have had 2 kids in select baseball at times, and it has been difficult to stretch the dollar.  But we make the sacrifice to play with the Stars for the exceptional instruction our son has received thru the years with the Stars.  It has been made clear to us that Paul will work with a family to make sure their son is able to continue to play, regardless if he is the stud player on the team or not.  As long as a parent communicates with him and honors their commitment, he is willing to help.

All baseball organizations are going to have their issues.  It IS a business.  Very rare will you find a situation you agree with coaches or administrators on everything.  It is the nature of the beast when it is involving your own children.  But we have found that Paul has worked with parents and kids more so than most, and his knowledge and expertise in the field go unmatched.  We are thankful to be a part of it. 

As far as digging up dirt on tax statements, I have no clue why it does not indicate scholarships were granted, as we have had one EVERY season.  I felt it should be known the fair treatment our family has been given by Paul Ahearne, and the appreciation we have to him.

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#3 Consumer Comment

Paul Ahearne pays himself $33K in salary plus he is paid out of the $220K funds for coaching and administrative payments. Read the latest IRS Income Return.

AUTHOR: Just the Facts - (United States of America)

Paul on Post #2 Employee above on May 25, 2012.  You stated "The Dallas Stars is a non-profit select youth baseball organization that awards between $20000-$30000 a year to help those who cant afford to play select baseball"

I took exception to this blatant as you say UN-truth.  According to both IRS Income Returns which you Paul Ahearne have signed.  There have been $0 dollars paid out on grants not $20K-$30K you claim. Show me real facts that dispute this IRS document, not just your ranting posts that contain zero substance Paul.

http://www.guidestar.org/FinDocuments/2010/271/617/2010-271617116-07e20309-9.pdf

http://www.guidestar.org/FinDocuments/2011/271/617/2011-271617116-08851454-9.pdf

Paul on Post #6 March 3, 2013 above, you stated, "Maybe you have some public records, but obviously you have no idea what it takes to run a baseball organization. For non-profit or not."

I guess the lesson learned here is your organization needs to understand integrity and honesty.  You state something in a public forum that is not true.  As a non-profit 501(c)(3) charity you cannot hide within anonymity but instead are up for public scrutiny at any time according to the IRS.  You are angry because you marked "Upon Request"on the IRS Income return under Part VI Section C. Disclosure (Page 6).  You thought only people who asked you for this document could see this document.  Not the case now is it?  Luckily it is Ripoff report site policy not to allow the removal of posts by the person posting.  I enjoy your fictitious posts Paul please continue.  I like the rebuttal.

Everyone read this Income return showing Paul Ahearne paying himself the only employee of the Dallas Stars Baseball Club a $33K salary on page 7.  Plus he gets a chunk of money from the $220K Coaching and Administrative money on page 2.  He doesn't have to disclose details on what he gets from the $220K.

Please verify here.

http://www.guidestar.org/FinDocuments/2011/271/617/2011-271617116-08851454-9.pdf

Yes Paul Ahearne you are all about the money as Mr. Gallegos stated when starting this complaint. The facts show the truth about how you run your organization.  You have no honor when running non-profit 501(c)(3) and do not give back to the community.  So call it what it is a big business where you profit from.

Search Paul Ahearne on Google and see the top most link is this RipOff report.  Kind of irritates you doesn't it Paul?  The truth shall set you free.  I expect next to see Paul Ahearne not claiming the grants here on this site.

Most sincerely,

Just the Facts

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#4 Consumer Comment

The Real Facts

AUTHOR: Anonymous - (USA)

To "Just the Facts". You still don't have all the facts.

These forums often conjure up angry people who feel they have been wronged. For whatever reason you feel Mr. Ahearne has wronged you, then why don't you be a man and take it up with him and quit hiding behind your anonymous identity.

In the case of select sports anger usually sets in when a parent gets a reality check from a coach that his kid is "NOT ALL THAT". I can only imagine with all of your anger, you must have gotten that same reality check.

And for how I found this post of your, I just ran across it one night by sheer accident. Paul doesn't have time for your petty vendetta.

Maybe you have some public records, but obviously you have no idea what it takes to run a baseball organization. For non-profit or not.


 
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Zero $$ dollars in grants paid out by Paul Ahearne Dallas Stars. IRS documents reveal 0 grant amounts paid. Dallas Stars claim to pay out grants to kids for baseball but the facts are irrefutable.

AUTHOR: Just the Facts - (United States of America)

Paul this is public information from the IRS since you filed for tax exempt status for your non-profit corporation. 

Paul Ahearne Dallas Stars Form 990 Income Return for 2010

http://www.guidestar.org/FinDocuments/2010/271/617/2010-271617116-07e20309-9.pdf

Paul Ahearne Dallas Stars Form 990 Income Return for 2011

http://www.guidestar.org/FinDocuments/2011/271/617/2011-271617116-08851454-9.pdf

FAQ on the IRS Form 990
http://www.guidestar.org/rxg/help/faqs/form-990/index.aspx


For both Income returns Paul you need to read line 13 on page 1.  "Grants and similar amounts paid (Part IX, column(A), line1-3"  the dollar amount is "0" as in zero dollars paid out.

Further more Paul see page 10 item #2.  "Grants and other assistance to individuals in the United States"  this box is blank as in zero dollars paid.

Paul while you produce fiction I will continue to produce facts.  Once 2012 is available I will post it here.

I will be interested in seeing what personality you conjure up next.  I get an email when somebody posts a response.  Curious how this consumer was notified well not really cause its you Paul.

Sincerely,
Just the Facts
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#6 Consumer Comment

Get Your Facts Straight

AUTHOR: You need the facts - (United States of America)

To "Just the facts";

Before you post an untruth, you need to get all the facts. As a recipient of a grant provided by the Dallas Stars, my son was able to continue playing ball when a turn of events made things extremely difficult for us. If it was not for Mr. Ahearnes' generosity and this grant provided by his organization he would have been "benched" so to say and unable to continue to play ball. I also know of others who have been helped by this organization to keep their child's dream alive.

So next time, get your 'just the facts" straight.
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$337,780 in 2011-2012 says Paul is very much about the money

AUTHOR: Just the Facts - (United States of America)

In 2010-2011 form 990 showed $290,000 in revenues.  This is a non profit but this is big business. Revenues of $337K Paul is certainly about the money he is all business.  Paul does NOT give Grants to help boys who cannot pay so that is a blatant lie probably written by Paul Ahearne himself.

Here is the Dallas Stars IRS filing for a non profit.  If you want a paper copy just ask Paul he is by law to give a you a copy if requested.  A drawback for a non profit is they are public. Item 22 page 4 or 5  no money given to anyone except himself $33,000 and coaches $131,971 Paul is also a coach but that number is not detailed out. https://bulk.resource.org/irs.gov/eo/2012_10_EO/27-1617116_990_201112.pdf

Go here to see the 2010-2011 form 990 http://www.guidestar.org/organizations/27-1617116/dallas-stars-baseball-club.aspx  Search Dallas Stars Baseball Club EIN number on Google or IRS web sites. 27-1617116 Let the facts speak for themselves.



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Paul Ahearne and Dallas Stars Baseball Club

AUTHOR: anonymous - (United States of America)

The Dallas Stars Baseball Organization takes pride
in the selection process of players. All players selected to play with the club
are chosen from open call tryouts.  Once chosen, the parents/player get an
email offer to play with the club. Upon acceptance each parent/player is sent
all the necessary contracts/paperwork, required online registration
instructions, and obligatory payment options to hold a roster spot. The offer
email was sent to Mr. Gallegos on Nov. 13th 2011
by Mr. Ahearne. They accepted the offer on Nov. 14th 2011
via email.  On Nov. 20th 2011, Mr. Gallegos was emailed by the Dallas Stars Administrative Assistant all
the necessary paperwork and instructions on payment to hold their roster spot.
This email was very informative with precise instructions regarding
completion of paperwork and due dates for the documents, online registration,
and payments.  The due date was Monday Dec. 5th 2011.
Ongoing tryouts continued to take place all through the months of November and
December, so players are given a deadline to respond in order to secure
talented players. Additionally, the email included the mandatory Organizational
meeting date of Sunday Jan. 22nd. 

On Dec. 5th the Administrative Assistant received an email from Mr. Gallegos stating
We have not had a chance to fill out the required information can I get to you shortly also being Xmas I will not be able to pay the first 500.00 until next week is that ok? Neither the paperwork
or payment was ever received. The Administrative Assistant and Mr. Ahearne both
continued to reach out to the Gallegos's through December and the early
part of January with no response. Coach Lawrence and Mr. Ahearne
received an email from the Administrative Assistant on Jan. 13th 2012 regarding Gallegos's failure
to turn in required paperwork, to complete online registration, or to pay the
deposit to hold the roster spot.   With no verbal or written contact
from Gallegos, as well as being 38 days past the December 5 due date, it was
assumed that Gallegos's son would not be playing for the Dallas Stars.

Sunday, January 22, 2012, the day of the Organizational meeting, Mr. Gallegos and his
son came to be fitted for the uniform, to participate in the organizational
meeting as well as the individual team meeting.  Mr. Ahearne shared his
surprise at Mr. Gallegos's presence at the meeting as well as his belief
that he had gone elsewhere to play since no paperwork had been turned
in, no online registration completed, and no deposit had been
paid.  Mr. Gallegos immediately wrote a check for the $500, plus
an additional check for $90 for the required helmet and pants. When questioned
regarding his failure to turn the paperwork in and complete the online
registration, Mr. Gallegos said the paperwork was lost.  The fact is
that the paperwork was sent to him numerous times and Mr. Gallegos even
acknowledged this in the email he sent to the Administrative Assistant on
December 5 asking for an extension to turn in everything in.  The 13u team
was still in need of a few players to start the season and Mr. Ahearne did not
want Mr. Gallegos to cause a scene during the Organizational meeting,
so Mr. Ahearne explained to Mr. Gallegos that the club would
like for his son to play if he could sign all the paperwork and submit his
deposit payment that day.

Later that week, the Administrative Assistant and Mr. Ahearne were notified
that the checks Mr. Gallegos wrote to hold his spot as well as pay for his
uniform items had came back as insufficient funds.   At this
point, 2 other players had tried out, had been offered roster spots, and had
completed their paperwork, online registration and paid their
deposit.   So the decision was made to let Gallegos go, because
the roster was now complete.  Mr. Gallegos was given plenty of time to
complete the process, secure the roster spot, but did not
follow instructions and comply with the deadlines the club had in place.

 On Jan. 31st Mr. Ahearne called Mr. Gallegos to
inform him of the decision made by the Organization.  Mr. Gallegos was
then informed that the insufficient fund charges of $30 each must be taken care
of immediately.  He was asked to return the unused uniform to
Rockwall Sports, a local sporting goods store in Mr. Gallegos hometown of
Rockwall, Texas.  The only money that ever was exchanged between Mr.
Gallegos and the Dallas Stars organization was two $30 surcharges by the bank
to the Stars for checks that Mr. Gallegos wrote from accounts
with insufficient funds. Mr. Gallegos paid the $60 NSF fees by money
order to the Dallas Stars.

 It is unfortunate that Mr. Gallegos's son was not able to play for the Dallas Stars
organization.   The Dallas Stars offered a roster spot to Mr.
Gallegos son, because they felt he would be an asset to the team and
organization and that he would have the opportunity to improve as a
player.   It's not the Dallas Stars fault that Mr.
Gallegos could not comply with the deadlines set up by the organization. 
The Gallegos's 13u year old son did not get to play due to the parents
lack of responsibility. Mr. Gallegos son has gone on to play for another team
and the cleats he saved up to purchase with his own money now match his current
uniform. 

 The Dallas Stars is a non-profit select youth baseball organization that awards
between $20000-$30000 a year to help those who cant afford to play select
baseball, as well as having helped 85+ players over the past 3
years enter into the college/pro ranks after high school. 

 The people that really know Mr. Ahearne are well aware that he is not about the
money.  His sole purpose for the past 10+ years has been and will continue
to be developing ballplayers in the DFW area. Mr. Ahearne genuinely cares
about each player and wants them to reach their full potential on and off the
field.

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Dallas Stars Parent and Fan

AUTHOR: Dallas Star Parent - (United States of America)


Dallas Star Organization Parent and Fan,
 
I would like to say that my experience with the Dallas Stars organization has been the opposite. I have been with the organization going on two years now and the things that the Dallas Stars organization has done to help the fortunate as well as the less fortunate players of playing baseball has been amazing. Mr. Ahearn has devoted a great quality of time and effort into this program that is helping young men around the dfw area achieve their baseball goals. Apologies if half of your statement is what you say it is. I on the other hand and on behalf of the organization, want to say that what I have experienced is totally opposite of what is reported. I felt it was important to write a statement letting everyone know it has been nothing but pleasant belonging to the Dallas Stars Organization. I can honestly say that I have only been associated with two baseball organizations since being in the dfw area now for 20 years. The first organization I belonged to went under due to the growth of the surrounding baseball organization competition, in which is good for baseball and we all know about that. I remember back in the day when Mr. Ahearn had started the Dallas Titans organization, I know everything must start somewhere and it did and now it is the Dallas Stars organization. Mr. Ahearn has come a long way in the baseball world and he has not gotten to where he is at by taking money from people and not committing to what he believes is right. Also I would like to add that the Dallas Stars Organization is non profit, every year it awards scholarships to the less fortunate families as listed above to make sure players dont go without a season of baseball, also with what funds are left over the organization donates the rest to a respectful charity. Since being with the organization for almost two years I have recommended at least 12 families and players to the Dallas Stars Organization, in which I can share with everyone who reads this, that they are still present till this day and enjoy everything about the organization and where it is headed. I would like to also share and experience that my family went thru in the 2011 summer baseball season while playing for the Dallas Stars organization. My son was playing a tournament game and unfortunately got a season ending injury just of the way into the season, within the next day Mr. Ahearn called us and shared his concerns about our sons injury and wished our son a speedy recovery. Mr. Ahearn also let us know that we would be receiving a refund check in the mail within a couple of days, equaling the amount of the remaining season that our son would miss. We did not ask him for a refund, nor was nothing mentioned about the refund. This was something he brought to our attention. It is just hard to hear someone mention that Paul Ahearn is all about the money and yes I will keep recommending families and players to the organization. The Dallas Stars organization is a Class Act.
 
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