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Hillard also said that as president of Tri-State Travel, he would write a personal letter of apology to the team and meet with them in person once a time could be scheduled. Tri-State Travel will also donate a bus to the team’s next away game and host a pizza party for them.

Other members of the Quad-Cities community rallied around the football players, supporting them in their decision to stand up to racism. LoPiez Pizza in Davenport posted on Facebook on Saturday saying that anyone who came this weekend with Mexican or Hispanic pride, “whether it is a shirt, hat, keychain OR BIG FLAG “, could get 10% off their order, and anyone on the football team from Rock Island High School that showed up could get 20% off.

Another community member on Facebook has invited anyone who can attend the team’s next home game on Tuesday, September 21 at 6 p.m. to bring in flags from around the world to show their support.

Lawrence, the district superintendent, congratulated the team in their letter to parents.

“With everything that has happened, our RIHS football team and head coach have behaved with respect and dignity. Our students should not have to endure this kind of prejudice and racism,” said the superintendent. Lawrence. “The Rock Island-Milan School District is a multi-nation school district, and we are here to support our students … Racism is counterproductive to our values, and we must do everything in our power to make it happen. end.”


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