“Stay Alive Don’t Text And Drive” memorial game for Kenowa Hills student

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV)-On Friday October 3, the Kenowa High School football game will be dedicated to Jacob Freybler who lost his life this past June while texting and driving. The black out game will include most everyone wearing the black and yellow “Stay alive don’t text and drive” t-shirts (free admission with a t-shirt purchase) plus Jacob’s initials will be on the players helmets.

a sign with words at a table
Signage from the upcoming memorial event.

To further honor Jacob there will be a balloon release after a moment of silence and the Freybler family will be on the field for the coin toss. Since Jacob had planned to be a fireman, there will also be a fire ladder truck there waving the American flag. He would have started his fire department internship this fall. Jim Freybler (father) said, “This event provides a time and place to help heal the community, the students, our family and everyone else that has been affected by Jacob’s loss. This also will be a night of recognition to the public service people who were on scene with the call and all members of any public service area.”

Since Jacob’s death, the family has created a scholarship fund in his name. They will be selling t-shirts, wristbands and stickers at the game with all proceeds going towards the scholarship. Freybler said, “We feel the scholarship is the best way to memorialize Jacob and the game is a way to raise funds. We want to help students who don’t have the means to go to college.” The family has outlined the criteria for the scholarship recipient.

After this event the family will continue to raise funds for the scholarship and do what ever they can to raise awareness of the dangers oftexting and driving. “Texting and driving kills and ruins families lives forever, said Freybler.”Donations can be sent to Kenowa Hills Admin office. At 2325 4 mile N.W. Grand rapids Mich. 49544. Checks made payable to Kenowa Hills High School and in the memo area please put Jacob Freybler memorial Scholarship.

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