When it comes to “Cause High School Football Games,” Tift County Football Head Coach Noel Dean knows a thing or two about it.
When the Michigan Hall of Fame football coach was the head man of Lowell High School in Lowell, Michigan, he created the Pink Arrow Pride Game that last month celebrated its 14th anniversary. Friday night at Brodie Field in Tifton, Coach Dean will start writing a new chapter in helping and celebrating others with the program Red, White and Blue Devil’s Game against Appling County.
✅ Playing football ✅ Honoring those who serve ✅ Greater good ✅ Privilege ✅ Tift Red White and Blue Devils ✅ Honor, character, integrity pic.twitter.com/Ih7b6g2ooY
– former ball coach (@ oldballcoach4) September 9, 2021
One day before the 20th anniversary of September 11, Dean’s Blue Devils will honor the Tift County Army by wearing special uniforms with the names of the local military on the back of college player uniforms. Below are the military names associated with the university numbers.
The names on the uniforms are a carbon copy of what Dean did when he was at Lowell. The Pink Arrow Pride game began in 2008 when Dean decided he wanted his players to wear pink jerseys with the names of their loved ones, who had been touched by cancer.
As the 2021 game approaches, the Pink Arrow Pride Game had raised over $ 2 million.
In addition to wearing names on uniforms, the team is asking all active duty military and veterans to participate in the Devils Walk from Eighth Street Middle School to Brodie Field.
Tonight’s WALK OF THE DEVIL will be special! If you are a veteran or active duty military, come for a walk with the players and coaches at 6:30 p.m. PLEASE SHARE! #redblancetbleudiable # 4leT pic.twitter.com/KX6LumTava
– Tift Co Schools Athletics (@tiftcoathletics) September 10, 2021
The Veterans Game here in Tift County 70 years ago! pic.twitter.com/SL9mqEy6jn
– former ball coach (@ oldballcoach4) August 31, 2021
Money raised from the event will go towards service projects that will help local military personnel, past and present. The projects will be carried out with the help of football players from Tift County High School.