'Bucs Pride' project expanding at GHHS

When three passionate women from the Grand Haven area saw what Lowell High School was able to do to support people in their community with cancer, they set out on a mission to bring something similar to Grand Haven.
Tribune Staff
Aug 2, 2012

Last year, football players wore purple jerseys with the names of loved ones on the back, and brought home more than just a victory at the first Bucs Pride football game. Over $12,000 was raised to support the American Cancer Society and local charity, Bluebird Cancer Retreats, and “Playing with a Purpose” took on a whole new meaning for Grand Haven High School.

Several teams jumped on board hosting a purple pride game, and this year, new head athletic director Robin Bye, along with Sharon Yonker, Jackie Vandenberg, Marcie Lynch and a growing committee, are taking this concept to new levels.

It is expected that nearly every sports team and other school clubs will be putting their talents to work with purple pride in the coming school year.

“The efforts of the ‘Bucs Pride’ group has been nothing short of phenomenal,” Bye said. “What the committee has accomplished is inspiring. This fundraising effort is another example of community service at its best. With the support of our community, I’m confident this group will grow for such a worthy cause.”

The Purple Poster Project

This year, purple pride posters will be sold to support the Bucs Pride event. Every school in the district, including over 6000 students and staff members, were part of this project. Each building had students form a letter to spell out the words “BUCS PRIDE!” and photographers took aerial photos to form a picture of pride like no other.

Posters will first be available at the Farmers Market at Bolt Park on July 24 and will sell for $10. Purple Pride t-shirts and posters will also be sold at the Buc’s Pride store, located at the Community Room at Buccaneer Stadium from August 6 through game day on September 14.

The Buccaneers’ football team will unveil the new design as they ride in Saturday’s Coast Guard Grand Parade wearing the new Bucs Pride T-shirts.

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