I had the privilege last Friday of getting reacquainted with high school football through a new friend. He is a youth football coach and loves to watch all the games.
It was a beautiful night, sky clear, and winds calm and about 75 degrees. The game started with the school band in red and black and about 200 marching ROTC members in full uniform leading the teams to the field. Our team got two touchdowns in the first quarter and the extra points. We were looking good! The bleachers were about three-quarters full with students and families cheering them to victory.
It was not Hinsdale Central playing though. No fancy shoes or jerseys with their names. The bleachers were in need of paint and the playing field was worn and tired. The band played on, the seven members of their dance team performed at half time to a round of applause.
By the second quarter we were down by 10 points and finished the game at a loss of 37 to 14. It was East Aurora High School’s 40th loss in a row. But they never gave up! They shook hands with the winning team and headed to the locker room.
I was proud to be wearing my Tom Cats T-shirt and will go back next week to see if they break their losing streak.
Is there anything we can do to help these kids? They are awesome! What a great service project this could be for Hinsdale students and players.