On October 4, Chaparral’s varsity football players recognized our Parker Fire Department, Douglas County Sheriffs, active and inactive military men and women, and first responders at their home game against Doherty at Echo Park. On the night before the game, all of the varsity captains, senior Colin Schutte, Senior Izaac Wilson, Senior Dylan Smithwick, Senior Tizell Lewis, Junior Nick Miles, and Junior Konnor Ruth all met with the Parker Leigons, a group of Parker veterans who like to meet up once a week, in a formal, proper setting. The captains enjoyed meeting with the vets as they are appreciative of all of the hard work and sacrifice that these men and women have given up in order to give us the life that we are so fortunate to have as well as giving them the opportunity they have in order to play the game that they love. As the football team runs out onto the field with the vets by their sides, the crowd roared in excitement for the game, in honor of the people who serve this country. Senior captain Colin Shutte says: “Our coach planned to have a helicopter land on the field to bring out the game ball but our District did not approve.” The boys were excited to have a large grand opening for the troops and were upset when the District didn’t approve of the welcoming they had hoped to present to the troops and first responders. Junior captain Nick Miles mentioned, “I think it was a really cool event that we got to participate in. We got to honor our troops and first responders who do so much for us every single day. You could tell they really enjoyed this celebration, recognition, and support that we all showed them in honor of their jobs and all of the hard work they show us each and everyday. Celebrating them for the night is the least we could do as they risk their lives every day for our country and our towns just to keep us safe.” The varsity team was proud to show recognition to the troops and thankful to be apart of such a special event.
Story by Alexis Lovato and Aubrey Jessop