GH parents gain insight from Lowell for cancer awareness game

In 2008, Lowell High School started a refreshing trend when it hosted its first Pink Arrow Project game. With an effort led by varsity football coach Noel Dean, the Red Arrows wore pink jerseys in its game against Holland, sold pink T-shirts and used the money to support local cancer patients, create scholarships for Lowell students and support cancer education.
Nate Thompson
Jul 14, 2011

The feel-good story was a hit not only at the school but throughout West Michigan. The idea has since spread to several different schools and sports, including Grand Haven, which hosted its Cancer Awareness Game in 2009. The Bucs’ varsity football team donned purple jerseys and raised funds for the American Cancer Society.

In an effort to make it a continuous and productive fund-raising effort at Grand Haven, three members from a formed committee gained insight from Lowell High School during its Pink Arrow Pride Conference on May 20. Since then, the group has finalized what will be an annual “Bucs Pride” game.

“Lowell has really turned this into a big-time event for their school and community, so we wanted to see how they ran things,” said Jackie VandenBerg. “They raise money for the Gilda’s Club, a local wellness facility that supports people with cancer, and they also raise funds for local families affected by cancer.
“We came out of (the meeting) pretty pumped. We developed some ideas and came up with a logo.”

The “Bucs Pride” game will be held on Sept. 16 at Buccaneer Stadium, with Grand Haven hosting Jenison. Like in 2009, Grand Haven will again feature purple jerseys and have names of loved ones on the back that have been affected by cancer.

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