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Members of the Anamosa football coaching staff donned green t-shirts during their game at North Fayette Valley Friday, Sept. 21, to honor sophomore football player Tate Little who was in a serious car accident Wednesday, Sept. 19. Green is Little’s favorite color as the Raiders’ cross country and volleyball programs also got involved as well as numerous area schools all stepping up to pass their thoughts and prayers to Little and his family.

      Sports can sometimes feel like the most important thing in the world during the heat of battle.

      We just learn to dislike our opponents so much, we’ll do whatever it takes to make sure they lose and we win.

      But when tragedy strikes, especially when it’s one of our own, all of a sudden, attitudes change.

      We realize what’s really important.

      And that’s the precious gift of life.

      Even the drama of Anamosa’s Homecoming week seems like a distant light-hearted memory now after the events of Wednesday, Sept. 19.

      That was the day Raider sophomore football player Tate Little got into a serious car accident at the intersection with Turkey Hollow and County Road E-34.

      Little is now fighting for his life at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in critical condition.

      All of a sudden, and it sure didn’t take long, schools and communities we have been so competitive with over the years, have extended their support and prayers for Tate and his family.

      Honestly, it’s given me goose bumps hearing about all the good things not only our Anamosa coaches and athletes have done to support Tate and his family through this incredibly challenging time, but schools and communities from all over Eastern Iowa.

      “Not only has the entire Anamosa community rallied for Tate and his family, but we’ve received support from so many people around the state who know we’re all hurting here right now and praying for a quick recovery for Tate,” said Raider football coach Lucas Stanton, who had “TL” decals made and placed onto the helmets of every Anamosa football player, as well as coaches wearing Little’s favorite color of green on the sideline Friday.

      “As coaches we wanted to do something for Tate, to show him we’re all thinking and praying for him, so we came up with the decal idea.”

      The Anamosa volleyball program also got involved, as students wore green during the Raiders’ volleyball match in Wilton (Wilton’s students even wore green, too).

      Anamosa’s cross country runners sported green face and leg paint at their home meet Saturday, Sept. 22, as well as wearing the decals (at left).

      The Springville and Midland football teams also honored Little wearing green wrist bands at their games while the Monticello cross country team wore green ribbons on their shoes.

      With all the support and prayer headed Little’s way, we can only hope he comes through this as healthy as he possibly can.

      Tate strong!

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