In postgame celebration, Caledonia champs make a hospital visit

Members of the Caledonia High School football team give a championship medal to a young man with leukemia. Photo courtesy of Ryan Pitts Productions.

They don’t call the kids on the Caledonia High School football team “champs” for nothing, and it’s not just because the southeastern Minnesota football power beat Pipestone 57-to-6 on Friday to win the state Class AA championship, their eighth title in the last 11 years.

The squad had a lot of celebrating to do after the win.

So they stopped on the way home in Rochester,  Minn., to visit Josiah Schroeder and give the 7-year-old the game ball to cap their undefeated season, the Rochester Post-Bulletin reports.

Schroeder has leukemia and is at Mayo Clinic Hospital–Saint Marys getting treatment.

“It was a great idea by (assistant) coach (Brent) Schroeder,” Caledonia head coach Carl Fruechte said. “We’ve been talking about it for a couple of weeks, to stop and see him. We just wanted to help the family out and we were honored by it.”

Senior All-State quarterback Owen King also gave Josiah his championship medal.

It was Owen’s medal, but any of the seniors would have done that,” Fruechte told the newspaper.

Josiah turned 7 on Sept. 12, the same day he found out he has leukemia. He wasn’t able to attend any of Caledonia’s football games this season.

“I was impressed how these young men, at a high (point) in their life, came to see him, at a low (point),” Kyle Schroeder, Josiah’s father, said. “It was impressive how the two worlds came together.”

(Photo via Ryan Pitts Productions. Used by permission.)