Coach Wade Miller wrote that the team will choose a new senior to take the number each year. Twenty-one people were killed in the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School.
UVALDE, Texas – Number 21 will always be linked to the city of Uvalde. That’s the number of victims – 19 children and two teachers – who died last month in the third deadliest school shooting in U.S. history.
But the Uvalde Institute hopes to take that number and turn it into a sign of strength and character.
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Uvalde High football coach Wade Miller posted on social media that the team will give the number 21 to the “senior who represents everything Coyote Football and the city of Uvalde stand for. The hard work, loyalty and love of this great community.” .
Miller added that the community will know that the player they choose “represents us all and has earned the honor of carrying this number.”
Miller is in his second season as head coach of the Coyotes after a four-year stint as coach at Tuloso-Midway in Corpus Christi. In a conversation with 3News sporting director Chris Thomasson, Miller added that this idea came up during summer training.
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Coach Miller said they had a lot of kids in their workouts this summer and they just want some kind of normalcy and to be together.
Recognizing the victims as they embrace an elder who embodies the spirit of the community will serve to help them suffer and move forward together.
Uvalde football will turn the number 21 into an honorary number for the top president
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