The Philadelphia Eagles are helping two New Jersey high school football teams play out the final 17 minutes of a playoff game that was cut short over the weekend because of a shooting that critically injured a 10-year-old boy.
The Eagles offered to host Pleasantville and Camden high school at Lincoln Financial Field on Nov. 30 to complete their playoff game, which came to a sudden stop Friday evening when gunfire erupted.
“It’s extremely unfortunate that a senselessly violent act has impacted this game, and there will certainly be a wide range of emotions along both sidelines. However, thanks to the Eagles’ generosity and community spirit, Pleasantville and Camden student-athletes and their families will have an opportunity to write their own ending to this game,” Larry White, executive director of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, said in a news release.
“They’ll compete on a world-class stage, sending a clear message that violence will not win.”
Six men have since been charged in connection to the shooting, including a 27-year-old man who was shot. A 15-year-old male was also grazed in the shooting.
The playoff game will resume play on neutral and safe grounds at 4 p.m.
Players will be given a limited number of free passes, as the game will be closed to the public. It will also be live-streamed for free online.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.