The Bucyrus High School varsity boys basketball team will pay tribute to their fallen teammate, Noah Lear, during the 2016-2017 season by wearing a patch on their home and away jerseys.
Noah Lear passed away March 16, 2016 from injuries sustained during an unfortunate accident. Noah would have been a member of the Class of 2017, and a senior on this season’s boys basketball team.
The idea for the patch was presented to head coach Tony Rose by the senior basketball players. This would have been Noah’s senior year, and the class wanted a way to honor their teammate.
“Noah had a very positive influence on his classmates and this community as a whole,” said Rose. “We felt this was the best way to keep him in our thoughts the entire season.”
The Ohio High School Athletic Association has strict guidelines for patches, leaving the team with very few options for a design. The patches were stitched on the jerseys by Team Sports of Holland, OH.
“While our design options were very limited, we knew we wanted to put ‘Noah Strong’ in the patch,” said Rose. “We have already given a patch to his mother and plan to hold a moment of silence for him at our first home game against Galion December 2.”
The patches will be removed and given to each player at the conclusion of the season. The Secondary School will plant a tree to honor Noah near the athletics entrance at the rear of the building in spring 2017.