Tragedy and heartbreak struck the Gretna community when four Gretna High School students were killed in a fiery crash that also severely injured a fifth student late Monday night.
The one-vehicle crash occurred west of the intersection of 180th Street and Platteview Road, about three miles east of Nebraska Crossing Outlets.
Since Tuesday morning, when the news began to spread of what happened, there has been an outpouring of support from around the state, including student-athletes, coaches and teachers.
The power of sports played a role Wednesday, as many student-athletes arrived at their respective schools wearing green — one of Gretna's primary school colors — to show their support.
Most schools at this time of year are holding summer workouts or camps, and teams took time to offer their condolences on Twitter, tweeting photos with the hash tag #GoGreen4Gretna.
Many school administrators and officials wore green Wednesday, too.
At Omaha Northwest, students posed for a photo with a Gretna team banner. The Dragons are about to join the Metro Conference. At Millard West, students wore green and formed a heart.
The support went beyond the Metro and Eastern Midlands conferences.
The York Cornerstone American Legion baseball team was going to wear green ribbons on their hats for a Wednesday game against BDS.
Millard South's Legion team wore green wristbands.
— Papillion LV South (@PLSHSTitans) June 19, 2019
— MSHS Activities (@MSHSactivities) June 19, 2019
— ESHS Storm Baseball (@ESHS_Baseball) June 19, 2019
— Bellevue East (@ChieftainNation) June 19, 2019
— kalen carlson (@kalenc32) June 19, 2019
— Millard South Football (@MSouthFootball) June 19, 2019
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— Millard West Activities (@MWHSactivities) June 19, 2019
— ONWathletics (@OPSNWAthletics) June 19, 2019
— BlairBearSB (@BlairBearSB1) June 19, 2019
Tonight our players will wear Green ribbons to honor the 5 young lady’s who were injured and lost their lives in the tragic accident this week. Here in York we are #GretnaStrong 💚💛 pic.twitter.com/kYZmg38BdF— York Cornerstone Legion Baseball (@YorkLegion) June 19, 2019
— LNS Athletics (@lnsathletics) June 19, 2019
— Blair Bear Football (@BlairFootball) June 19, 2019
— LSW Silver Hawks (@lswathletics) June 19, 2019
— Millard South GBB (@patriotsgbball) June 19, 2019
— MS Patriots Softball (@MSPatriotsSB) June 19, 2019
— Titan Softball (@PLSTitansSB) June 19, 2019
Thoughts and prayers continue to be sent your way, Gretna. May the Lord wrap you in his arms and provide you comfort during this difficult time. We are thinking of you all. 💚 pic.twitter.com/HAz4beLzFo— Kearney High VB (@khsvolleyball) June 19, 2019
— BurkeBulldogSoftball (@BurkeBulldog) June 19, 2019
— ESHS Girls Soccer (@ESgirlssoccer) June 19, 2019
— Northeast Athletics (@RocketAthletics) June 19, 2019
Day 3 of grade school / middle school camp today. Kids are definitely working hard and having lots of fun!!!!— Pius X Girls Basketball (@PiusX_GirlsBBal) June 19, 2019
Also, thinking about our friends at Gretna High School today by wearing our green. Our thoughts and prayers are with you!!!! pic.twitter.com/PWNIo7chwN