A rainbow graces the skyline amidst thunderstorms passing over varsity players on the Flint Jaguars football team, who sprint across the field as they warm up together after arriving only 15 minutes prior to kickoff on Sept. 29, 2017 at Mount Pleasant High School in Mount Pleasant. "Hope is simply an expectation. Flint is the toughest place to grow up. We're always at the top of the list for most murders, most crime, and it takes a dynamic amount of hope to even expect to make it out of this city because most people don't," said Chris Wilson, first-year head coach and former NFL player. "They've got something to play for, but more so something to live for. We had one player whose father died this season. Heck, the day one of my players first showed up for spring training, his best friend was gunned down. He could have been there right alongside him, and I made sure he recognized that reality. I told him, 'God has a calling on your life.' These players are setting the tone for the future of this city. All eyes are on us. Each teenager in Flint has a choice to make, and they'll create their own path. Retaliation and violence has been ingrained in Flint for too long, and it's up to us to give every opportunity to this next generation. We are resilient. There are a lot of obstacles. We'd be fooling ourselves to say, 'Flint is Disneyland.' But somehow, we find a way. Our kids don't take it for granted. They're already tough. Now it's just challenging them to become great men, fathers and husbands."