On Friday, I had the opportunity to broadcast a football game at Bolingbrook High School. I had never been to Bolingbrook High School before, but I wanted to go there and call the game because of their great football team, and proximity to my school. Since it was a very crowded game, there was no room for me in the press box, but the school officials allowed me to sit in the bleachers to call the game.
I took a seat in the student section, which was a first for me. I had never sat in the student section of a football game, even at my own high school football games, since I was always broadcasting. As we got closer to game time, students started filing in, and I began to get nervous because I didn’t know if these students would realize that I was from a radio station or not, and if they didn’t, I had no idea what to expect.
A few students came in and sat down. I took off my headset and told one of the students that I was calling the game for my school’s radio station, just so they knew what was going on. This student told another student, and word spread all throughout the section.
Before I knew it, a few of the students came up to me and asked if I wanted them to move or switch seats. Two students offered to give up their seats to me and many students asked me if I wanted them to stop talking, which of course I didn’t. These students went way out of their way to try to help me, a guy who they didn’t know and who had never been to their school before.
Bolingbrook ended up winning the game against Homewood-Flossmoor, but they also showed their students are just as good as their football players. The students in this particular section were some of the most respectful fans that I have ever seen in my life. Bolingbrook High should be proud of these students, and I cannot express how happy it made me to see this out of high school students. Bolingbrook won their game, and my respect.