It’s been a week since life changed forever for Kelly Hewins Alkhatib, mother of Jack Alkhatib, an offensive lineman on the nationally-ranked Dutch Fork (South Carolina) football team, who passed away on the practice field. Since that day, I’ve watched a mother’s love and strength for her son on full-display on her Twitter account.
I thought our readers would enjoy seeing Kelly’s tweets. However, before I post those tweets, I want to honor Jack by making him a member of the 2020 High School Football America All-America Team. When I noticed that Jack’s GPA was 3.8, which was above our threshold for Academic All-American, I wanted to make him a part of the team.
Our inaugural team, that was released earlier this month, was developed in a variety ways with information that was given to High School Football America and our partners at scoutSMART®.
As you can see from the above graphic, the 5-time defending state champs will thinking about Jack and his family during Friday’s big game against state-ranked Byrnes.
Thinking of my boys today as you prepare to get back out on the field. Stay focused. Keep strong intentions. Work hard. Jack’s right there with you. You guys have got this! I’m so proud of you. And I love you very much! Momma Kelly. #LLJ60 #Shoot4SIX @dfhsfootball ♥️ pic.twitter.com/GZOoT3b745— Kelly Hewins Alkhatib (@AlkhatibKelly) August 30, 2021
What an absolute honor. I’m at a loss for words. Thank you so very much. ♥️ https://t.co/MC6KMVIVA5— Kelly Hewins Alkhatib (@AlkhatibKelly) August 29, 2021
2 Corinthians 4:17-18⁰For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. ♥️🕊 pic.twitter.com/uGG5RmvO7D— Kelly Hewins Alkhatib (@AlkhatibKelly) August 29, 2021
To all my boys on the Dutch Fork football team, I love you and am thinking of you tonight. I miss Jack so much and I know you do to. Sending you all huge hugs! Love, Momma Kelly @dfhsfootball pic.twitter.com/OrVNBo3J9d— Kelly Hewins Alkhatib (@AlkhatibKelly) August 29, 2021
I just can’t over the outpouring of love from so many people in our community. Thank you, thank you, thank you.— Kelly Hewins Alkhatib (@AlkhatibKelly) August 28, 2021
Love, Jacks momma ♥️ https://t.co/JJPIzw1EcE
This is more than football. This is a brotherhood. Thank you for honoring my Jack. https://t.co/NKEeRhzcXr— Kelly Hewins Alkhatib (@AlkhatibKelly) August 28, 2021
I am such a blessed mother. Jack, you will shine bright eternally. You made your mark on this world in your short 17 years. And for that, I am so proud of you. My love rises to the Heavens for you forever. #LLJ60 ♥️ https://t.co/oKR9D8vyot— Kelly Hewins Alkhatib (@AlkhatibKelly) August 28, 2021
If I’d known that God would give me this precious boy for only 17 years, I would still have chosen this life. Jack brought so much joy to our family, his friends and community. He was and is a bright light in our family. I am such a blessed woman. God’s timing is perfect. pic.twitter.com/JPwuziWGHx— Kelly Hewins Alkhatib (@AlkhatibKelly) August 26, 2021
My heart is devastated. I am numb yet ache everywhere. I love the boys of DF Football. Let Jack’s light shine through you all. He’s our angel now. My love to all you boys, now and forever. 💔 @dfhsfootball @AlkhatibJack pic.twitter.com/5UuGNgChYb— Kelly Hewins Alkhatib (@AlkhatibKelly) August 25, 2021