Lakes 8 to turn purple again to fight cancer

For the second consecutive year, the Lakes Eight Conference will hold a league-wide cancer awareness night on Friday. The event, called "Tackle Cancer Together,' will feature conference teams wearing purple and white jerseys, which will bear the names of people who have either passed away to cancer, survived cancer, or are currently battling the disease. Both Spring Lake and Fruitport will play games on the road on Friday, so they will wear white uniforms with purple lettering.
Matt DeYoung
Sep 29, 2011


“Anybody interested in putting the name of somebody affected by cancer can sponsor a jersey,” said Spring Lake High School English teacher Jennifer Knittel, who is heading up T-shirts and uniform sales for the Lakers. “We’re down to the last seven jerseys, and we have a couple people interested, so we will have names on the back of all the jerseys.”

Knittel sponsored a jersey in honor of her sister, who is battling breast cancer.

“The people who sponsor jerseys get to keep them after the game, so I’ll be able to get that jersey and give it to her,” Knittel said.

She noted that T-shirt sales, which fans can wear to Friday’s game, are down from last year.

“Part of our challenge is, it’s an away game for us, so I’m not sure as many people plan on going to the game,” Knittel said.

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