First-time Olympian Evan Jager is coming home and Algonquin is hoping to celebrate his return in a big way next week.
Jager, , will be at a meet and greet this Wednesday at Algonquin Commons, said Jacqui Weber, fund-raising chair for the H.D. Jacobs Athletic Booster Club.
The event will start at 3:30 p.m. and will take place in the parking lot near and Yugen Fruz at the Algonquin Commons.
Jager, a Jacobs alumni and a former member of the track and field and cross-country teams, is expected to speak at 3:30 p.m. The community will also hear speeches from Jacobs track coaches Jason Borhart and Kevin Christian.
Jager is making the stop in Algonquin before returning to
"I honestly cannot wait to go back home. I am very excited to go back home so I can see and thank so many of the people from back home that have supported me throughout this entire season," Evan Jager in a recently told Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Patch in and e-mail Q&A.
Other items planned for Wednesday's event include:
- 3:30 p.m.: Speeches
- 3:55 p.m.: Fight Song
- 4 p.m.: Autograph signing and photo opportunities with Evan
Also planned for the event is an interview from Joe Stevenson of the Northwest Herald — who has covered Jager for several years — and a performance from Jacobs cheer or dance team, Weber said.
Around 1,000 people are expect to attend the event.
Weber said one of the aspects of Jager is that unlike other elite athletes who will enlist in travel teams and do not typically train with high school teams, Jager spent all four years running for Jacobs.
"He was a golden eagle and he obviously represented us very well. And we want to give back to him," Weber said.