UPDATE: The location for the meet and greet for Evan Jager has changed.
The event will now be held in the competition gym at Jacobs High School, 2601 Bunker Hill Drive in Algonquin, at 3:30 p.m.
The event had previously been scheduled for the same time at Algonquin Commons but it was decided to move the event indoors due to the possibility of some rain this afternoon, according to the Community Unit School District 300 Facebook page.
The above information was updated at 2:38 p.m. on Sept. 5.
First-time Olympian Evan Jager is coming home and Algonquin is hoping to celebrate his return in a big way next week.
Jager, who placed sixth in the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase at the London Summer Olympics, 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 Cheeseburger in Paradise 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 training and college in Portland, Oreg.
"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.
READ MORE ON OUR COVERAGE OF EVAN JAGER:
- Evan Jager Places Sixth in Olympic Steeplechase; Community Shows Support for Algonquin Native
- Jacobs Graduate Evan Jager Qualifies for Olympics in Steeplechase
- From Youth Athlete to Olympian: Evan Jager Shares His Road to Success