Gopher Football Team Honors Life of Detroit Lakes Teen
JT Thaden | Oct 8, 2018 AT 8:31 am
ST PAUL (GOPHER SPORTS) - The University of Minnesota football team wore a helmet sticker against Iowa to honor the life of Chloe Love Conn. Chloe passed away on May 31, 2017, in a tragic hiking accident while on vacation with her family near Emerald Bay, on the west shore of Lake Tahoe.
The sticker Minnesota wore was a lavender heart and has Chloe's initials – a script CLC – inside of it. It also features an image of a young woman dancing, which was one of Chloe's passions. The image of the dancer was derived from a picture of Chloe, who started dancing at age three and would dance six days a week.
The Conn family is from Detroit Lakes, Minn., and decorated an oar prior to Minnesota's spring game in April 2017. They brought that oar to the game and it – along with hundreds of other fan oars – hangs in TCF Bank Stadium. The Conn family oar is one of the last ones that the team sees before it takes the field at TCF Bank Stadium and the making of the oar was one of the final things they did together as a family before Chloe's passing.
Chloe's family – mom Stacy, dad Jerod and brother Christian – have since made another oar. This oar hangs beneath the Conn's first oar and has a picture of Chloe on it from the 2017 spring game.
The Conn family attended a Gopher football practice on Sept. 23 this year and met head coach P.J. Fleck and the team after practice. It was there that Coach Fleck told the family they would honor their daughter – who was an aspiring Gopher football fan – with a helmet sticker.
Minnesota will also continue to wear a helmet sticker to honor of former Gopher Nick Connelly, who recently passed away from Burkitt's lymphoma.