Honorary Captain Lucas Reiling Leads New Providence Senior Day

New Providence football team chose a day to celebrate their seniors as "Lucas Day." Lucas Reiling was honorary captain. Credits: Hannah Caminiti
Lucas has impacted the team in a huge way, making him the true hero to the players. Credits: Hannah Caminiti
Credits: Hannah Caminiti
Credits: Hannah Caminiti

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The New Providence High School Football team had their senior day game on Saturday at Lieder Field. They honored the seniors for participating in the band, football team  and cheerleadering -- but this game wasn't just about the seniors. Lucas Reiling, a young resident in New Providence, held the Honorary Captain's position for the game and was honored as a hero to many.

Reiling, at 10 years old, is diagnosed with a brain tumor. He was known as a big fan of the High School team and graduated senior Russell Davidson created a "Lucas Day" game in honor of him. "Russell is someone I really admire and look up to. He set really good examples last year and I wanted to continue what he started," said Ryan Pope, senior co-captain of the football team. Pope coordinated the idea by allowing Lucas to take the Honorary Captain's position for this year's senior day.

"I hope it carries on to next year as well" added Pope. Lucas is a huge fan of the team, he loves the sport and the team members very much. He is inspired by them and sees them all as heros. However, he has impacted the team in a huge way, making him the true hero to the players. "Despite his circumstances, he is one of the most motivated, kind, and funny kids I know. He inspires us all to not let any circumstances bring us down" said Pope.

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Lucas leaves a big mark on the players and the whole town, becoming a well known hero all around. To help Lucas Reiling, the football team and cheerleaders raised money to send to the Children's Brain Tumor Foundation, a non-profit organization that is looking for ways to improve treatments, the quality of life and the effect of the brain and spinal tumors on children. To raise the money, the team did a 50/50 raffle while the cheer leaders had collection tins. All the profits went to the foundation, in order to help kids like Lucas get better.

Editor's Note: Elsa Berisha is a junior at New Providence High School participating in the TAPinto intern program. To learn more about the program contact

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