Giving back on the gridiron

Giving back on the gridiron
The Osceola Seminoles posing with Tracy Webb after finding out about their new jackets.(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Osceola Seminoles not only secured their spot in the State 3A Championship this weekend but they also are feeling humbled by an act of generosity done by someone in the community.

It’s been a weekend of celebration for the Osceola Seminoles.

The team won over Rison this past weekend 37-28 and will now be heading to War Memorial Stadium for the state championship this weekend.

But that’s not the only thing football players are thankful for right now.

A long-time supporter of the school, Tracy Webb, had a unique idea that involved the team.

“Me and my best friend were walking, she works for the school, we were talking about me buying a jacket, and I told her that if a certain amount of money would cover the price of all the football team having a jacket, I would pay for it,” said Webb.

Her support for the school came from her family.

“My husband went to school here, he was a football player here, I had 3 sons go to school here, my youngest son was also a football player here,” said Webb.

The Osceola School District went above and beyond to support Tracy and her family while her husband Scott was battling cancer.

“When he got down and he couldn’t, we knew that it was getting to the last, the school district stepped forward and said, lets do a special graduation for chance so his dad doesn’t miss his graduation,” said Webb.

Her husband Scott passed away 2 days later.

Now, a year later, Tracy remains passionate about support her Seminoles.

“These kids have worked so hard, so hard, on this football team, they are staying out of trouble, so you know they all deserve something,” said Webb. “It’s Christmas time, God laid it on my heart, so I done it.”

The Friday before the football team went to the semifinals, they were surprised to find out that Tracy had bought all 40 players jackets with their names on them.

A senior on the football team Stanton Burks is very appreciative of Tracy’s act of kindness.

“It felt really good to be honest, you don’t know many people will do that for you she really cares about us a lot,” said Burks.

“To see the kids when they found out that they were all getting a jacket, they were all smiling they all said thank you, they all wanted to give me a hug and I just felt blessed,” said Webb.

Going into the championship weekend, Tracy is excited for what lies ahead.

“I feel pretty confident,” said Webb. “I’m just happy that they are at this point, I wish my husband were here to see it because he would be the first one to make the phone call and get the room reserved.”

The Seminoles will face off against Booneville this Saturday in Little Rock.

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