KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (WATE) – Community members and parents at Northview Academy sing the praises of the Austin-East football team after showing kindness and sportsmanship in the midst of a situation emergency in their return match.
An emergency evacuation from the Austin East football field in the middle of their homecoming game was not what we expected. Northview Academy parent Nichole Kuznicki said they thought it was a runaway delay at first.
It was a shootout near the school. It happened off campus, but it was close enough that there was a temporary hiatus from play. The players were not in immediate danger, but they were ushered into the locker room out of caution.
“We didn’t know what was going on,” Northview Academy football player Deion Dukes said. “The coaches and players reassured us and told us that nothing was going to happen, that we were going to be safe and sound.
During a short period of uncertainty, the AE Roadrunners made their opponents at Northview Academy feel safe. “They were really, really nice. Especially for me, ”said Dukes.
The game eventually resumed, but that didn’t stop the camaraderie and sportsmanship.
“At the end of the game, they all came towards us and they walked us to our buses, they formed a line from which we dropped our football gear into the trailer and they made sure we we all got on our buses safely, ”Dukes said.
Tanisha Baker, an AE parent, stood nearby and captured the moment. She shared the photo on her Facebook page.
“I really wanted to take the opportunity to highlight the positive and show the greatness that resides within our community and especially with our students, as this photo showed sportsmanship, citizenship, respect, resilience and her was catching a lot and I really wanted to get that message across. outside, ”Baker said.
Baker says it is the EA that she knows and loves and that she wants to highlight the greatness inside the school.
“I want people to pay more attention to the bright spots with the bright and shining stars out there. At that point I was really able to capture the real ae as we would like to say, ”Baker said.
Parents at Northview Academy say they are grateful for the kindness the team showed during the game and even after the victory.
“Their kind gesture did not go unnoticed. They went out of their way to be nice and you don’t have to these days and they really made a difference for our team that night for sure, ”said Kuznicki.