'Super fan' gets super sendoff from Westlake High School

Chad DiLillo is honored by student body

WESTLAKE, Ohio - Westlake High School "super fan" Chad DiLillo got a super sendoff on Thursday, which is his last day at the school.

The special needs student will begin a job soon with Bridges Rehabilitation Services in Middleburg Heights. For the past six years, Chad has been at nearly every sporting event for the school leading cheers from the stands.

But his support doesn't always stay off the field. He's led out the football and basketball teams for their games, and he was the batboy for Westlake's state runner-up baseball team last year.

"I attend a lot of events as a principal," said Westlake High School's Timothy Freeman, "Chad is probably the one person who attends more than I do."

The student body wanted to give Chad a sendoff he wouldn't forget. The "State Sendoff" is a tradition that has been in place for some time at the school. The marching band and the cheerleaders lead the honorees, usually a team or athlete that qualifies for a state championship bid, through every hallway in the school while students line up along the way and cheer them as they pass.

Chad led the procession through the halls as students got a chance to cheer on the person who's always been there to cheer for them.

Afterwards, Chad was presented with his own fan poster, a jersey from the lacrosse team, a picture of the cheerleading squad and other school keepsakes, as well as his high school diploma from Freeman and school Superintendent Dr. Dan Keenan.

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