Hastings College shows appreciation to medical workers

Published: Apr. 20, 2020 at 5:34 PM CDT
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Lloyd Wilson Field's lights shined down on its empty field as a sign of appreciation to medical workers who are putting their lives at risk every day.

"They do these things 365 days a year. It doesn't matter what the weathers like they come to work," Hastings College football coach Tony Harper said. "Sometimes, they're forgotten and we just wanted to say thank you and just honor them for all the stuff that they do."

The Hastings College football team came up with the idea to not only turn on their stadium lights, but have a slideshow of local healthcare workers play on the scoreboard.

Assistant football coach, Bryan Boesen was one of the members who thought of the idea and he said its important to lean on people during times like these.

"We really have to lean on each other and lean on the people who are really taking care of everybody," Boesen said. "That's really the doctors and nurses and those on the front lines that are really taking care of each other. So that's kind of what we need to lean on right now is just that togetherness."

Harper said the event is not only to show support to medical workers but to first responders, military officers, farmers and ranchers.