Last weekend, the Nebraska Cornhuskers spring game brought us an incredible moment when the team brought out seven-year-old cancer patient Jack Hoffman for the final play of the scrimmage. It was an amazing moment that we had hoped more teams would take in to consideration moving forward, and it looks like the Rutgers Scarlet Knights have taken notice.
At a time when the university has been in the headlines for all of the wrong reasons, they are about to receive some positive press because of a decision they made for their spring game.
Twenty-two children that were affected by Hurricane Sandy will be brought out on to the field at the Rutgers spring game on April 27 to play out the final five minutes. Students in sixth through eighth-grade were asked to submit a short essay or photos to the Rutgers Football Facebook page, the school announced in a statement today.
The children selected will spend the second half on the sidelines and then play the final five minutes.
It is a nice gesture from Rutgers, who has been actively involved in helping the communities that were impacted by the devastating storm.
Players will also be wearing jerseys during the game with the names of the 90 towns that were affected from Hurricane Sandy. Here is an example of the jerseys that will be worn, via Tom Luicci of the Star-Ledger:
Great job, Rutgers. It’s things like this that help us remember why we love sports.