Rivals come together to sell shirts for a cause

T-shirts for the third annual Traverse City Patriot Game go on sale Monday, Aug. 18.

Two schools are setting their rivalries aside to come together for a good cause.

T-shirts for the third annual Traverse City Patriot Game go on sale Monday, Aug. 18.

The Patriot Game is the big showdown between rivals Traverse City West High School and Traverse City Central High School.

For the second year student senate members decided the money raised will go to Reining Liberty Ranch in Traverse City.

Last year, students raised over $13,000 in t-shirt sales and donations for different veteran programs.

This year the colors have swapped and T.C. West will be wearing the blue shirts and T.C. Central will wear the red.

â??Supporting the veterans that are going off to war and making sure theyâ??re whole when they come back, this is even more important than a football game, even more important than a cross town rivalry,â?? says T.C. Patriot Game committee member Mike Kent. â??These are our young men and young women who are going into harmâ??s way and we need to bring them back safely,â?? says Kent.

Leading up to the game shirts will be available at all Bill Marsh car dealerships, Fox Motors, Williams, Traverse Motors and Cherry Capital Cadillac Subaru.

Shirts are also being sold at both schools, once classes begin and at the Military & Veteran Services at Northwestern Michigan College.

The Patriot Game will be on Friday, Sept.12 at Thirlby field.

Veterans can attend the game at no charge, and a ceremony will be held before the game begins honoring northern Michigan veterans and recognizing those who lost their lives in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Minimum Donations for shirts:

$5- Students, $7- Students 2XL, 3XL, $10- Adults