October 18, 2018
Under Armour Under the Lights
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Inaugural Under Armour “Under the Lights” Friday Night Flag Football league Freshman Division Championship Game.
In it’s inaugural season, the Under Armour “Under the Lights” Freshman Division (K-2) is playing its Championship Game tomorrow night – Friday, October 19, 2018 – at 6:45 pm at Riverside, California’s Hillcrest High School.
The league, sponsored by Under Armour Athletic Apparel, is nationwide and growing fast. The league is distinguished by Friday night games and a lively atmosphere highlighted by music, food, refreshments and Under Armour gear.
The Ohio State Buckeyes of the Freshman Division are lead by quarterback, Luke Sevilla, whose sister Grace “Gracie” Sevilla, was recently diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in March of this year. Despite this incurable and intense disease, Gracie is the only and first girl to play in the Under Armour Friday Night Lights League and excels at the running back and defensive end positions. Gracie also excels at soccer, basketball and baseball, having already played many seasons in Riverside, California youth leagues.
Gracie has recently been fitted with the nation’s only FDA approved continuous glucose monitoring device the Dexcom g6, and wears it 24 hours – 7 days a week, including when she plays football and will with all other sports.
As a Type 1 Diabetic whose glucose levels rise and fall dangerously to levels that would induce a comatose state, Gracie often needs an injection before during or after the games; often takes swigs of Gatorade or chews glucose tablets to raise her blood sugar. Her father, Tommy Sevilla, is the team’s Head Coach and carries the device’s receiver; an iPhone 6 that is equipped with the app that gives a glucose reading every 5 minutes and has alarms to alert him when she is critically high or low. He must be within 10 yards of Gracie regularly in order for the device to continue reading.
Direct side effects of Type 1 Diabetes is stomach ache, pain in the extremities and head aches.
Gracie is the only girl in the league; the first in the Riverside/Corona league’s history and it’s lone Type 1 (T1d) athlete. Gracie chose football over being a cheerleader this year.
Under Armour has supplied Gracie with wristbands and headbands to wear over her device to protect it and for branding in sponsorship.
Gracie has a website in development but her web page can be accessed here:
The #1 seeded Ohio State Buckeyes go into the Championship Game with the Freshman Division’s #1 offense and #1 defense and have a head to head record against #2 seed Michigan State of 2-1, losing a close 18-12 game earlier in the season.
On Saturday, November 4, 2018, a team – Grace for the Cure – will be participating in the JDRF One Walk – Walk for the Cure – at Anaheim Stadium, to raise T1d awareness and to help raise money to fund a cure. The team will also consist of Gracie’s family supporters and the Buckeye players and parents.
The Under Armour Freshman Division Buckeyes are: Luke Sevilla (qb, rb, wr, s), Gracie Sevilla (rb, de), Maximus Aguilar (rb, de), Guillermo Becerra (c, rb, dt), Noah Corona (c, rb, dt), Jayden Sage (qb, rb, wr, cb), and Louie Leon (rb, wr, qb, cb, lb).
Tommy Sevilla – Sevilla Local Media
Freshman Division Championship
#1 Ohio State Buckeyes
#2 Michigan State Spartans
Hillcrest High School
11800 Indiana Ave, Riverside, CA 92503