TREMONT, Ill. - Blue is not one of Tremont's school colors.
But players on the Tremont High School girls basketball team will wear blue warm-up shirts this season to support one of their own. Fifth grade basketball player Jacie Hild was diagnosed in May with Ewing Sarcoma, an extremely rare form of cancer.
"It's something that our girls wanted to do to show everybody that we stand behind one of our girls," said Tremont girls basketball coach Justin Wahls. "If somebody in Tremont is battling something, we're all battling it."
At the beginning of the season, Jacie was invited to practice to meet and play with the team. She called it an amazing experienc.
"It was fun. We played dribble knockout, and I think they let me win," said Hild. 'It was kinda cool.
For Jacie's mom, Jill, the experience was just as rewarding. seeing her daghter have fun with the team.
"Just had a ball. It really helped," Jill Hild said. "That smile means the world to us, and she had a huge smile then.
Jacie will also be court side for Tremont home games this year. And the team will continues wearing shirts to show support for her.
"She's an amazing little girl, she's been to a practice before and she will be at our games," said senior Vanessa Ehnle. "We just want to wear these and make her proud and help her out.
With every intention on winning her battle, Jacie is looking forward to get back on the basketball court in the future. To be a part of the community that has given her so much support.
"Hopefully in seventh grade she will get out there and be a part of the Lady Turks (junior high team)," said Wahls.
Jill Hild added: "She's ready to get out on the basketball court and fight out there. It will be a different fight, but it will be amazing to see."
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