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Football Team Remembers 11 Year Old Boy

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Strangers come together on behalf of an 11 year old boy. Gavinn Mikles died Friday from injuries in an ATV accident. It happened March 25 outside Sapulpa near 111th Street South and 161st West Avenue.

The Oklahoma Tornados, a semi-pro football team, honored Gavinn Mikles the best way they knew how, by playing ball.

The game was dedicated to Gavinn and his family. Each player sporting the number 15, Gavinn's number, on a sticker. His family sat on the sidelines watching, what the coach calls, a bunch of softies.
     
"It's a family in need and my guys they've got soft hearts for stuff happening like this," says Tornados Coach Mike Gable.

Not one of these football players knew Gavinn personally and didn't meet him until this week when some of them visited the hospital.

"They made it about Gavinn they didn't make it about themselves they stopped everything that they were doing that night to give to a boy that they didn't even know anything about," says Gavinn's cousin Claudia Will.

She says the team prayed with her cousin at the hospital and told him they were going to dedicate Saturday's game to him. That was before things took a turn for the worse.

"At first we were still fighting for him to make it but like I said even with all of our prayers and with all the hopes god had a reason to call for Gavinn to come home," says Will.

The 11 year old passed away on Friday after complications with his ATV accident the week before.
Regardless, the Oklahoma Tornadoes were still set on dedicating the game and now to Gavinn's family.
     
"Anything that my guys want to do that's going to be beneficial to somebody else to help them out then I'm 100% behind them on that," says Coach Gable.

"Today means a lot, it means a lot and Gavinn has the best seat in the house, he's watching from above and he's given them his prayers today for them to win," says Will.

The Oklahoma Tornadoes did win their game Saturday beating the Verdigris Thunderbirds 28-14.

With sticker sales at the game volunteers raised more than $100. The money will go to Gavinn's family to help pay expenses.

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