By Clarion News Staff
Emotions have been strong following the loss of Kennedy Varsity football player, Emmanuel “Manny” Antwi, who passed away from a medical condition during the game against Hiram Johnson last Friday, March 19, 2021.
Two events will take place this week at John F. Kennedy Stadium in Manny’s honor.
For the first event, “Go Green,” students and staff are encouraged to wear green to classes and practices to match Manny’s Cougar uniform.
It won’t just be Kennedy students, either.
In a show of unity, several high schools across the Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) will show their green support. In fact, the event was proposed by McClatchy High School Principal, Andrea Egan, after hearing the news.
“Emmanuel Antwi attended Cal Middle School during the time I was the principal there,” she said. “I was particularly struck with sadness when I heard of his passing.”
“I was trying to think of ways we as a school site could show our love and support to both his family and the Kennedy community.”
The second event invites teachers and staff on Wednesday and Thursday to, as Kennedy Assistant Principal Jacki Glasper says, “leave messages of love for the team” with chalk at the front of Kennedy’s stadium. Chalk will be available outside Room V7 starting Wednesday morning; however, chalking will be off-limits between 2:30pm and 7:15pm to keep the area clear for coaches and athletes.
Again, the chalking event is only open to teachers and staff due to COVID-related restrictions to students on campus. By the time the varsity players return for practice Thursday evening, they will be met with the support of the Cougar community.
Students who need a supportive space during this difficult time are encouraged to visit the Crisis Support Zoom, available each day through March 26, from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Email a teacher or counselor for Zoom information.