JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The countdown is in single digits, we’re just 9 days away from the Arizona Bowl. Arkansas State reported back to campus after taking an early holiday break.
The scarlet and black all together Thursday afternoon to take the team photo for the bowl game. They also invited some special guests.
Sloan Ferguson was born in 2015 with a heart defect and spent the first 6 months of his life at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Now Sloan is 3 years old and in good health. He and parents Brock and Kristen have been an inspiration to the Red Wolves.
“First time I told them about him, they went absolutely crazy,” said assistant head coach Trooper Taylor. “They kept asking what can we do for him? And so one of the things that we do is the turnover belt. And the turnover belt represents a guy who’s fought through some adversity, and got the ball out, or intercepted the ball. And so he’s rewarded with the belt. I’m a father, I feel like being a father to those kids on the team. To have a guy share the ordeal that’s going on with he and his family, for them to bring him over and let us be a part of it, I just can’t tell you the blessing that it is.”
Sloan lit up the Student Activities Center on Thursday. “It gives me so much joy,” said Kristen Ferguson. “Because honestly, we didn’t know if he would be here. So seeing him smile at all the coaches, everyone so happy to see him. All the football players giving him knucks. That’s so important to us and just makes us happy and blessed.”