MORROW, Ohio (FOX19) - A Boone County program is offering two Little Miami football players a scholarship after being temporarily suspended from the team for running a thin blue line and thin red line flag onto the field.
Holiday for Heroes offered the scholarship to Brady Williams and Jarad Bentley who carried the flags to honor firefighters and police officers on the 19th anniversary of 9/11 during their game on Friday against Turpin.
The program said Williams is the son of a sheriff’s deputy and Bentley is the son of a firefighter.
A spokesperson for Little Miami Schools says the players did ask for permission in advance to run with the flags but were told no.
As a result, Williams and Bentley were suspended while the incident was investigated.
The superintendent and high school administrators completed the investigation and returned the players to active status.
“The results show that there were no political motivations behind this display of support for first responders on 9/11, but there were stances of insubordination,” President of Little Miami Local Schools Board of Education Bobbie Grice said.
Holiday for Heroes said the incident was turned into something that it was not intended to be and called the players true Patriots.
"Brady and Jarad simply wanted to honor the lives of the first responders lost during the terrorist attacks of 2001.
Brady and Jarad are true PATRIOTS, they did something last Friday that showed they are far beyond their years. These men stood up for a cause they believe in. As they took the field with flags in hand it reminded us how we felt 19 years ago, heartbroken yet strong and united," they said.
Holiday for Heroes chose Williams and Bentley as two of their 2020 scholarship award recipients.
It is a nonprofit that has been providing scholarships and support grants in the Tri-State for 15 years.
The nonprofit partnered with Central Bank for those who would like to donate to their scholarship fund.
Those who are interested in donating can mail a check out to “Holiday for Heroes” to the address below. They ask that in the memo, please notate “Account 9167.”
9021 US 42
Union, KY 41091.
Attn. Holiday for Heroes Scholarship