The T-shirts, which are $5, will go on sale Jan. 31 at LT, and only 70 will be on sale at each campus. However, a limited number also will be on sale after school Feb. 1 on the football field, when students and community members are invited to take a “good luck” photo that will be sent to Elliott.
The idea came about after a conversation on Facebook between school staff members after the Eagles won Jan. 22. Jeremy Vrtis, a teacher at LT, suggested making T-shirts to support Elliott, and everything quickly took off from there, said Jason Brauer, a physical education teacher and Elliott’s former coach. He said another staff member came up with the idea for the proceeds to benefit a charity of Elliott’s choice.
Brauer said he’s “extremely proud” of Elliott, not only because he’s playing in the Super Bowl, but also because he is using the opportunity to give back to his hometown. Elliott is two years older than Kelli, but Brauer said they both played tennis and did know each other.
“His work on the field, off the field, in the community and in the classroom speaks volumes about the type of person he is,” Brauer said. “We told Jake the proceeds would go to a charity of his choice, and he picked Kelli’s foundation. The amount of calls and emails we’ve gotten about the shirts just shows the support that the community has for Jake and the O’Laughlins. This is huge.”