Joplin Eagles jersey signed by late student and team to benefit family

Joplin Eagles jersey signed by late student and team to benefit family
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A jersey signed by the 2019 Joplin Eagles continues to be a symbol of community support after a football player passes away.

Joplin High School sophomore Kadin Roberts-Day, #63, passed away Wednesday evening.

Superintendent Dr. Melinda Moss says the football team was practicing inside the Joplin High School Kaminsky Gym because of the heat. That’s where Kadin had a medical emergency following conditioning.

EMS took Kadin to a local hospital for treatment. He passed away due an asthma attack that led to cardiac arrest, according to preliminary findings by the Jasper County Coroner.

Kadin, along with the rest of the 2019 Joplin Eagles football team, had signed the #19 jersey for the Jeff Wagner “Wags” Memorial Golf Tournament. The tournament was started for Jeff Wagner, who suffered from leukemia. He passed away in 2014. Wagner’s friends and family decided to continue to hold the tournament in his memory to help others going through cancer.

Organizers with the tournament were going to auction off the #19 jersey, but will now keep it at the Joplin High School and use it to raise funds for Kadin’s family.

The @WagsMemorialTourney posted the following:

“We are saddened to learn that a member of the Joplin Eagles football team, Kadin Roberts-Day, #63 passed away tonight. Please keep this young man’s family, friends and teammates in your prayers.

We, on the Wags Committee, feel this jersey holds a special meaning for the 2019 Joplin Team and feel the proceeds of their jersey in the “Wags Memorial Rival Auction” should go to his family and the jersey should be returned to Joplin.

Donations for the family can be dropped off at The Glades Law Firm, 1120 SE Murphy Blvd. Joplin, or online through Venmo, user name: wags-memorial
Please note on memo that the proceeds are for Joplin if making online donation.”


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