Edinboro football team continues to offer ‘hope’ through 12th Man program

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 at 5:17 PM
Edinboro football team continues to offer ‘hope’ through 12th Man program by Emma Stratton
Photo: Emma Stratton

Edinboro University of Pennsylvania’s football team continued the tradition of the “12th Man” at their home game against Lock Haven on Sept. 10. Jordan Noland, a 20-year- old from Erie, Pennsylvania was chosen to be the 12th Man for the game. Noland was born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta, also called brittle bone disease; he has broken over 300 bones from the neck down.

Noland enjoys going to football games, playing video games, hanging out with friends, and going to church. His future plans are to become a motivational speaker and travel across the country inspiring people.

Noland stated: “Being the 12th Man is a huge honor and very humbling to me. I have always wanted to be part of a football team, but in high school, I never had the opportunity so it is a true blessing that they gave me the chance to do so. I look up to good old Ryan Stratton. He is like a brother to me, all around a great guy.” 

The 12th Man enjoyed spending his afternoon being part of the football team as he hung out on the sidelines during the game.

“The team did amazing today, even though it was a little slow, in the beginning, they picked it up and we got hyped. Then we won baby,” stated Noland after the win on Saturday.

“It’s such a blessing to be here and be a part of such a special program. This program gives kids like me opportunities, hope, and most importantly someone to look up to.

“Like for me, I look up to Ryan Stratton and all of the other football players because they are just so cool to me. I want to say thank you so much to everyone on the EU team, you guys mean so much to me.”

Emma Stratton can be reached at sports.spectator@gmail.com. 

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