I emailed the head coach of the team to fill him in, and this is part of the response I got:
THANKS SO MUCH FOR THE UPDATE. I KNOW THE FRESHMEN TEAM NEEDS NATHAN THIS WEEKEND AND IT WILL MAKE COACH SCHOBY AND COACH BAILEYS DAY KNOWING THIS NEWS. WE WILL DO WHATEVER YOU WISH AND PRAY FOR A QUICK RECOVERY. THANKS AGAIN FOR ALLOWING YOU SON TO PLAY FOR US. GOD BLESS.
Did I mention that my kids go to a public high school? I am really glad to see our coach's faith shining through in even a fairly routine email to a parent. And he doesn't know me from Adam, know my religion or anything. Very impressive, I think. It makes me very glad that my son does play for him. I think Nathan will learn some important life lessons in addition to increasing his football skill.
I myself am much more circumspect about with whom I say much of a religious nature. Especially in my role as a public school teacher myself. Our coach's example has given me a lot to think about. I try to let God shine through me in the ways that I treat my students and others. I've been working to eliminate my gossip and grumbling against my work authorities. That's a start, I guess, but I'd say our coach's bulb is burning quite a bit brighter than my own.