Area High School Football Teams Live In Fear Of Gun Violence
Bullets raced through the air across the street from a Glenville High School football practice last summer forcing students, coaches and parents to drop to the ground until the shootout ended.
A John Hay High School quarterback was simply sitting in a park when a driveby shooting sent him to the hospital. Michael Chappman -- the 17-year-old student-athlete -- was paralyzed from the waist down and died two weeks later. The team wore his jersey number, number 10, and ended practices and games with the same rally cry-- Do it for 10.
"Mike told me when he was in the hopsital to tell those guys who aren't going hard in practice, he wishses he could be where they're at and remind them that they get to do now what he can only dream of doing," John Hay head football coach Rodney Decipeda said. "As long as I'm a coach here, no one else is ever going to wear number 10."