ROCHESTER, Minn. – The Lourdes High School Eagles football team will honor Jacob Wetterling in a unique way at Friday night’s homecoming game.
The team announced Thursday that players will wear the number 11 on their helmets, which was Jacob’s when he played soccer, and have a moment of silence during the game against the Byron Bears.
The Wetterling family has asked people to showcase the number to honor their son and help make the world a better place for children. Not only does the number honor Jacob and his love of sports — it also signifies 11 traits people are encouraged to be conscious of to promote a culture of compassion and kindness:
*a good sport
*a good friend
“This story has affected our state and nation’s past, the confession has shaken our present, but the incredible example of resilience displayed by Patty Wetterling gives way for a profound hope for the future,” Principal Paul Menard said. “Through this small gesture, we aim to exemplify the traits cited above, spread awareness of the need to practice care and kindness toward others, and, in that way, allow Jacob’s hope to live on through our youth.”
The game will take place at 7 p.m. Friday at the Rochester Community and Technical College Regional Sports Stadium.