The teenage 49ers fan above happens to be homeless, according to King 5 in Seattle.
We posted his photo last week when it went viral during the Seahawks Super Bowl parade.
One diehard 49ers fan contacted King 5 in an attempt to contact the boy.
From her home outside of San Francisco, Catherine Tate loved what she saw. She is a die-hard 49ers fan who KING 5 first met while in San Francisco in the days leading up to the NFC Championship.
Tate contacted KING 5 after the parade, in hopes of tracking down the mystery fan she felt was so brave, to wear his team colors in the midst of a sea of blue and green. She wanted to give him tickets to a game.
“I was going to give him one of my seats, I have front row seats in the new stadium on the 50 yard line,” she said.
Tate then realized the boy is homeless.
“He’s 15, he is a ward of the state, and is homeless essentially. He lives in shelters,” she said. “So this evolved from, let’s reward this kid for his bravery on one day, to let’s reward him for his bravery every day.”
Tate then did what she could to help him and Seahawks fans teamed up with Niner fans to help the teen.
When Tate had a conversation with the young man, she felt even more compelled to help. She posted details of their conversation on a websiteshe runs for female 49er fans, and says he was blown away by her offers to help find him shelter, counseling, support, stability, and whatever else he needed.
Now the gofundme account she initially created to raise money for his trip to San Francisco is bringing in big donations, from fans of both the Seahawks and the 49ers, who want to help in a much bigger way.
“This is another one of those things of, yes, he belongs to us, but he also belongs to you. This is a Seattle, or Kirkland, native child that is your brother,” she said. “People from Seattle have donated, saying I bleed blue and green, but this kid needs help and he needs these resources, so I want to partake.”
What’s mazing is that by Friday over $2,000 had been raised for the teen.
Tate recognizes she will have to jump through some legal hoops to make this happen. She’s been in touch with the boy’s social worker and says that when he turns 18, the offer will still stand to give him tickets to a 49ers game.
Until then, she will keep pushing to help him in other ways. She’s even talked to several families interested in serving as foster families for the 15-year-old.
The money pledged on the gofundme site will not be touched until Tate ensures it will go to him and him alone, and be used to pay for college or another worthwhile cause. She says she’s thrilled it’s bringing Seahawks and 49ers fans together.