Trayvon Martin's father Tracy has been named honorary captain of the Florida A&M football team after delivering a speech to the team Sunday, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
"[We] talked and I told him I'd love him to talk to the team. He came out and he was very, very encouraging," FAMU Coach Earl Holmes said of Mr. Martin. " . . . [He] got a standing ovation from our guys. He talked about just persevering and told the guys to keep on pushing through the hard times. The message he shared with the kids was very positive and they were very responsive."
Mr. Martin is scheduled to be on the Rattlers field and do the pregame coin toss when FAMU plays it season opener against Mississippi Valley State Sept. 1 during the MEAC-SWAC Challenge at the Citrus Bowl, the Sentinel reported.
"He had some inspiring words and the guys played off of that," Holmes said. "I think what he's doing with the foundation is big and it speaks volumes and I want the football team and FAMU Nation to be part of that"
The Trayvon Martin Foundation is aimed to provide support for families who are victims of violent crimes, according to the website.
"At the end of the day, whether it's good, bad or indifferent, a parent lost a child. He can live through us and we're going to push on for him," Mr. Holmes added, the Sentinel said.
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