Grand Rapids Football Delivers Sense of Unity to Players

Alicia Tipcke
Updated: May 16, 2020 10:37 PM

While some activities are returning, many friends, family and teammates are still apart during these uncertain times. Coaches for Grand Rapids football found a way to reunite their team from a distance. 


Over 200 shirts labeled 'United GR Football' were dropped off on players' doorsteps. 

"They didn't know it was going to happen. I gave some different ideas to our captains and said, what would you want on a shirt next fall? They came up with 'united' which kind of reflects some of our core values," said Grand Rapids football head coach Greg Spahn. 

Head Coach Greg Spahn and his staff started deliveries Friday and drove across the city all day on Saturday. However, they aren't finished yet.

In the end everybody in the Thunderhawk football program, from 6th to 12th grade, will receive a shirt. Spahn said it was a positive surprise and nice way to see his team again.

"You really underestimate how much you really miss [them] and really need that interaction with people, both as coaches and players," said Coach Spahn. 

One of the recipients was Thunderhawk captain Kale Florek. 

"I was surprised like what are you guys doing here, but once they told us what they were doing I [thought] it was a really good gesture," said Florek, a junior linebacker for Grand Rapids. "It shows that [the coaches] care for us so much more than just football. They care about us as people, they care about everything. They're so supportive of everything we do."


Alicia Tipcke

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