Ballard’s home football game was moved to Adel on Sept. 7 due to wet fields, but that didn’t stop supporters of Grady Greco from traveling over 40 miles to cheer for the 7-year-old.


Grady was born with a congenital heart defect and has had several surgeries. He’s scheduled for heart reconstructive surgery on Sept. 19 at the Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha. He lives with his parents Gabe and Shannon in Huxley.


At the Sept. 7 game, a group of supporters from Huxley held signs in support of Grady. The group also held game-day banner that Grady and Owen, his 12-year-old brother, ran through. Each player gave Grady a high five after warm-up and Grady was part of the team running onto the field before the game. He also helped with the coin toss.


“Several of our neighbors came out to support Grady and it was a real surprise,” Shannon said. “Grady thought it was amazing. He had so much fun and his favorite part was being on the field.”


Grady was wearing Ashton Hermann’s number 2 away jersey. Hermann, who is a Ballard freshman, escorted Grady on the field and helped coordinate the event.


Both Barb McBreen and Shayla Zeigler, of Huxley, shared photos that are running with this story.