ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – Players in the Waxahachie Youth Football League will finish their inaugural season with the experience of a lifetime.
The Waxahachie Warriors will participate in the halftime show of the Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving day game.
“It’s going to be really fun, but I’m going to be scared because I’m going to be on the field as millions of people are going to be watching,” says player Chris Tryon.
“I like the Cowboys and its always fun to come to the stadium,” says Johnny Martinez.
The Salvation Army invited the players to take part in the halftime show, as the charity kicks off its nationwide Red Kettle Campaign. The organization also stepped up as a sponsor when it seemed impossible to get the youth league off the ground.
While the season will end on a high note, the Waxahachie Warriors began their season with heavy hearts and a special tribute to a Waxahachie police officer killed in the line of duty.
This summer, Officer Joshua Williams was en route to a call when an alleged drunk driver slammed into his police cruiser, killing him.
“Officer Williams was a good friend of mine and a lot of the kids knew that,” says J.B. Hurd, president of the Waxahachie Youth Football League.
The players dedicated every game to Officer Williams. They wore decals on their helmets with his initials and his badge number.
“This was something they wanted to come together and do, and it was a total surprise to me. It just shows the heart and character of these kids,” says Hurd.
When they take the field during the biggest holiday game there is, the players say they’ll remember Officer Williams, his ultimate sacrifice and the true meaning of Thanksgiving.
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