Sun Prairie football players proud to put on uniforms after explosion

Sun Prairie football players proud to put on uniforms after explosion

Four former Sun Prairie football players will put on their Cardinal helmets one last time on Saturday at the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-Star Game at UW-Oshkosh. After the gas explosion in their hometown on Tuesday, the game will be a little more emotional than usual.

Anthony Villanueva and Khalan Coleman were working at their summer jobs when the explosion happened. They said witnessing the aftermath was devastating, but seeing how their community responded and overcame adversity is even more moving.

“It just really shows how much of a community that we are, and to be honest, it’s a reason why I loved playing for Sun Prairie and why I’m gonna miss having Sun Prairie on my chest,” said Villanueva.

Head coach Brian Kaminski couldn’t agree more. He said he isn’t surprised by the level of support from the Sun Prairie community, as well as rival towns.

“There’s so much good in this world, so many good people that are willing to help out and, at times, we focus on the negtaive things a little too much. Let’s embrace the goodness that people have in their hearts and are willing to help other people out, so that’s why we’re really proud of this community,” he said.