At the invitation of Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, the Marysville-Pilchuck football team was expected to practice at the Seahawks’ practice facility on Tuesday, according to The Seattle Times.
Pilchuck, a school located outside Seattle, was the location of a fatal school shooting on Friday. The gunman, identified by police as Jaylen Fryberg, was a member of the football team. He died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound during the incident.
The Seahawks also extended a practice invitation to Oak Harbor, although the date is still being arranged.
“Our hearts just opened immediately to try to help in any way that we can,’’ Carroll told news reporters. “When they are faced with an opportunity about a playoff situation and the other school decides to forfeit the game, what an extraordinary gesture. And I think it’s a gesture in every direction and an understanding and compassion that it’s good to be recognized. And we hope that we can do whatever we can in our support, our fans’ support.
“You feel so helpless but we wish that we could do something to ease the pain of all of the people that have been troubled. So that was a very cool gesture.’’
The state association said the Seahawks called to ask whether there were any restrictions on what the team could do, but the state has no restrictions on where teams play or practice during the season, executive director Mike Colebrese told the Times.