Gonzaga Prep coach spreads Team Gleason pride in NYC

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by DARNAY TRIPP & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on January 30, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 30 at 6:44 PM

NEW YORK CITY-- As Super Bowl XLVIII gets closer, more and more fans from the Inland Northwest are making it to New York. Among those fans is H.T. Higgins. He is the man who coached Steve Gleason while he was a Bullpup at Gonzaga Prep.

“I’m getting a little bit older so I decided I want to do something that was on my bucket list, which was to go to a major sporting event,” said Higgins.

Higgins and his family saved up and booked their flights well before their favorite team made it to the Super Bowl.

“Go figure they end up winning so we’re here and gonna go watch the Seahawks play on Sunday,” said Higgins.

The 12th man flag is not the only flag they are waving in New York. The entire family is wearing ‘No White Flags’ t-shirts they received this Christmas with the purpose of spreading Steve Gleason’s message.

Gleason lost his mobility to ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) and has since started Team Gleason to help others battling the same disease.

“People ask about it so it’s great for us to be able to share with people about Steve’s mission and his journey,” said Higgins. “Really that’s what this vacation is all about just being in the moment.”

On Thursday, the Higgins did a tour of New York City’s five boroughs. They are still looking to visit Ground Zero and take a walk through Central Park.

 

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