Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Pink Arrow Pride Pictures

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Wow. I finally got to attend a Pink Arrow game at my high school alma mater last Friday and I was blown away by the community involvement, support, and inspiration of the day's events. 

It is indeed an event. Gates opened at 2:30 in the afternoon before the schedule 7:00PM kick-off and both a soccer game and volleyball match were played in the stadium before the football game. 

Roughly 7,000 attended the game and almost every single one wore this year's Pink Arrow Force IV t-shirt sold at a local store and at the high school. The t-shirts are a large part of the project. Sold for $15, all of the proceeds benefit the Pink Arrow Force project and charities, and the t-shirts serve as tickets into the game (over 7500 t-shirts have been sold). For an additional fee, individuals can have a name(s) listed on the back of a friend or family member who has battled cancer. 

It's amazing to see how many t-shirts had names printed on the backs, and how many people even in a small community are impacted by the disease. It is an emotional experience that goes above and beyond just a football game. I am extremely proud of the Lowell community and football team who puts on the event without any administrative costs and had raised over $700,000 in the first three years and is likely to pass the million dollar mark this year with the proceeds going to support cancer research, scholarships, and local families battling in need.

I hope you enjoy the photos and the positive story from Lowell. As I posted last weekend, the NBC "Today Show" was there filming a segment, and I intend to post that as soon as it becomes available. 

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