MINNEAPOLIS - There were hugs, tears and smiles at South High School's home field in Minneapolis Wednesday, as teammates, opponents, and fans paid tribute to a teenager who died before his football dreams came true.
The emotional pre-game tribute team paid tribute to number 17- South wide receiver Sha-Kym Adams - who drowned in Lake Nokomis just a few short weeks ago.
The 15-year-old Adams was entering his sophomore at South High, and was working hard to win a spot on the varsity squad. He was swimming to a floating dock with teammates after a workout August 6 when Adams sunk below the surface and did not come up. Those teammates tried to save Adams but were unable to find him.
At the team's season opener Wednesday night Sha-Kym's extended family was called onto the field where parents Sharrod Rowe and Kimberly Adams were presented with Sha-Kym's jersey and a letterman's jacket inscribed with his name. Eden Prairie's cheerleaders presented them with roses in their son's memory.