The Century Youth Football Team from Hillsborough, Oregon isn't your average group of rowdy boys. Coach Joe Keizur has watched this group of boys go from kids who didn't have any idea what to do with a football to dedicated athletes filled with heart and soul, and that all came out this weekend in one act of kindness that will never be forgotten.
“Gosh,” Keizur says, “they were about three feet tall, all goofy and gangly, and they just basically ran around and picked weeds.”
He explained that a lot has changed since then, and that group of boys has grown into young men.
They became family.
That’s why when Keizur’s wife came down with a rare form of bone marrow cancer and lost her hair in treatment, the boys all took turns under the clippers and lost their hair too according to a report by KPTV.
“We’re like a band of brothers,” eighth grade quarterback, Jacob Conover said, “We all came together in that moment and stuck together as a team.”
Conover goes on to explain, “We surprised her at practice. We all popped our tops and pointed to her and hit our hearts. After that, my mom said she started crying.”
Keizur couldn't be more proud of the group of young men on his team, and even though he knows leaving them and his coaching position to take care of his family is going to be one of the hardest things he’s ever had to do, he has been part of what turned these unlikely boys into young men with heart, integrity, and love for others.
It’s also the final year for the boys to be together as a team before they move on to high school.
“It was a gift from a set of boys that don’t owe me, don’t owe my wife, and don’t owe my family anything. We do this ‘cause we love them, and this was a sign of unconditional love.” Keizur said.
He went on to say, “I don’t know how else to explain, other than I will never forget it.”
Kaycee and Joe Keizur are high-school sweethearts.