After a horrific act of violence on Philadelphia Police Officer Jesse Hartnett last night in West Philly, Archbishop Ryan HS boy’s varsity basketball team wanted to show respect to the men and women in blue.
The team sported black police shirts with a badge on the front left chest, and flag on the back with a blue line running through the middle. Above the flag read, “Duty*Honor*Courage,” as “Blue lives matter” ran underneath it.
According to the Facebook post of Billy Killian Jr. the idea came from his son Freddie Killian, who is the standout center for the Archbishop Ryan Raiders. The team wanted to show respect “in support of Officer Hartnett, Phila Police and Police every where.”
(Freddie Killian, C, Archbishop Ryan, sports his Police warm up shirt.)
The Raiders won their game tonight over Bishop McDevitt 70-40.
They also won the hearts of this city with such a strong message for the ones who protect us.
It’s always great to see a positive message come from our youth.
Way to go Archbishop Ryan basketball!
(Pictures from Billy Killian Jr’s Facebook page)