When it comes to high school sports, there's often more important life lessons to be learned off the field of play than on it.
The Foothill High School football team in Palo Cedro, California, found that out firsthand — and delivered one emotional, touching gesture.
According to local KRCR News Channel 17, the team learned about cheerleader Ashley Adamietz's battle with leukemia. That's when a player on the football squad, Ryan Caetano, approached his coach and suggested the team should do something to honor her.
They came up with the idea to lay orange roses by Adamietz's feet while lining up before the start of their game last weekend.
Check out the team's special tribute and Ashley's priceless reaction.
The color of the flowers was strategically chosen, as orange is often linked to leukemia awareness.
After the game, Foothill's football coach, Joey Brown, told KRCR News, "We took care of family business before we took care of business on the field."
Ashley also took to her Twitter account following the game to express her heartfelt gratitude towards the team's beautiful gesture, which came as a complete surprise to her.
Great going, fellas.
And our hearts go out to Ashley on her continued fight against leukemia.
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(Photo: Ashley Adamietz via Twitter)
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