ST. CHARLES – The St. Charles North High School's sophomore and varsity football teams will honor sophomore Aidan Carlson, who remains hospitalized after suffering a brain bleed last Friday, at tonight's games.
According to St. Charles North High School's Athletic Director Dan Dolney, both sophomore and varsity squads will wear "AC19" decals on their helmets, as Carlson wears No. 19 on the sophomore team.
The sophomore team will have Carlson's jersey on the field for the coin toss as honorary captain at the beginning of the game, while the varsity team will carry his jersey as they run onto the field prior to their game.
Carlson, 15, suffered a subdural hematoma – bleeding on his brain – and collapsed in the locker room after the sophomore football game at St. Charles East High School on Oct. 4, said Sean Peters, who is the brother of Aidan's mother, Cristalle Moran of St. Charles. Carlson continues to recover at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge.
"I think that's really cool [that the teams are doing that] and we really appreciate all the support from his team," Peters said. "A lot of his teammates, and his teammates' parents, have texted me, wishing him a full recovery."
Peters said that his nephew loves playing football, and loves being a member of the St. Charles North team.
"These are just kids, they're not playing to go pro," Peters explained. "They just love being out there together. He's one of the fastest kids on the team and runs down the field. He's never been scared to play the game."
Peters set up a Go Fund Me page on Monday night to help Carlson's family with medical bills. The initial goal was $10,000, but as of Friday afternoon, nearly $31,000 had been raised.