Pilot will fly Kent City students from band to football

(file photo)
(file photo)

KENT CITY, Mich. (WOOD) — A good Samaritan has offered to fly five Kent City High School students from their marching band state championship competition to their district title football game, both of which are scheduled for Saturday on opposite sides of the state.

The five students who are members of both the band and football team were supposed to compete in the band competition at Ford Field in Detroit at 10:30 a.m. According to Google Maps, it takes about two hours and 45 minutes to drive from Detroit to Ravenna, where the playoff football game is being held, and the students would have had to make it in closer to two hours if they wanted to make the 1 p.m. kickoff. Kent City had asked Ravenna, who got to set the game time, to move it, but Ravenna said it had conflicts of its own to consider.

After watching 24 Hour News 8’s Wednesday report on the problem, a pilot reached out and offered to fly the five students from Detroit back to West Michigan so they could compete in both events.

The pilot, who did not want his name to be published, does not know the Kent City students but told 24 Hour News 8 he wanted to do something to help. He is from Holland has a son who is also competing in the band competition.

Thursday afternoon, Kent City school officials told 24 Hour News 8 that all five students had received permission to take the flight.

**Correction: An earlier version of this article stated the drive between Ford Field and Ravenna was more than three hours. It’s actually about two hours and 45 minutes. The text has been updated