Sacred Heart Griffin High School’s football team is proving human life is more valuable than a sport.
“Our purpose is to be Christ like,” says SHG Head Coach Ken Leonard. “If we’re going to follow that, and we want to be a Christ like person, there wasn’t two thoughts about it.”
Leonard says in his 30 years at SHG and the former Griffin High School, he’s never had to play a team facing such dire circumstances — he says some of Washington’s players have lost everything.
The school will provide coach busses to take Washington fans to and from the game, lunch for players before and after the game and also fan meals. Donations from the gate and the 50/50 raffle will also go to Washington for cleanup efforts.
“Our kids and their kids, this is a lifetime chance to go to a state championship,” says Leonard. “This is the biggest game of these kids’ lives on both sides.”
Kickoff is scheduled on the west side of Springfield at 1:00 p.m. Saturday.