Virgil Abloh surprises Rockford students with generous gift

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Published: May. 23, 2018 at 7:04 PM CDT
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Even though he's working in Paris, international designer and Rockford native Virgil Abloh has not forgotten about students at his alma mater: Boylan High School.

Once a Titan, always a Titan. These are words Abloh doesn't take lightly. He proved that by surprising Boylan senior soccer players with a graduation gift.

"It's really awesome to think about how alumni like Virgil are still giving back to Boylan," says senior Christina Colombi.

The 1998 Boylan grad has been named one of TIME magazine's 100 most influential people and artistic director of Louis Vuitton's men's wear collection. He's now collaborating with Nike for the "Off-White" collection. These athletes are some of the first to wear it.

"Our principal called all the seniors who played soccer this year over and was like so we have a very generous donor offering to give you guys something as a gift," says Colombi. "We got a little suspicious that it would maybe be Virgil."

"At that moment I was kind of excited but I didn't want to get my hopes up too much because they'd just give us flip flops or something," says senior Cesar Hernandez.

Even though Abloh couldn't be there to surprise the students, he sent a note saying, "This is all for you. I was once in the same green and white uniform. Enjoy these Off-White jerseys. Once a Titan, always a Titan."

Nike hand delivered the items.

As the Titans prepare for their final days in high school, they say this gift is more than just a pair of cleats and a jersey. It's inspiration to succeed.

"If we work hard enough, we can make it to where Virgil is and that's where I strive to be," says Hernandez.

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Despite being named the artistic director of Louis Vuitton's men's wear collection one of TIME Magazine's 100 most influential people and a new partnership with Nike, Rockford native Virgil Abloh is not too busy to give back to his alma mater.

Abloh graduated from Boylan Catholic High School in 1998. He played soccer while he was there and decided he wanted to surprise the senior soccer players with a graduation gift.

Abloh recently collaborated with Nike to create the Off-White collection. It's not available to the public until June but Boylan seniors are some of the first in the world to have items from the collection.

"It's really awesome to think about how alumni like Virgil are still giving back to Boylan. It just kind of inspires all of when we become successful in the future to just give back where we started," says Aboloh.

Abloh gave the students jerseys, shorts, socks and cleats.