A design that honors Veterans, those who serve in the military, and first responders is at the core of this year’s commemorative TC Patriot Game shirts. The winning design was unveiled today and is the work of TC West High School student Annika Leary.

Leary, a junior at TC West, received a $300 gift card from Meijer as a prize for creating the winning design. Student Senate members from both schools selected Leary’s design as part of a contest held last school year.

A representative of Warrior Sailing (Scott Ford) was on hand for the presentation. Warrior Sailing has been selected by the students to receive the proceeds from this year’s game. The commemorative shirts will go on sale in early August. Warrior Sailing is a new organization in Traverse City that works to heal Veterans by getting them involved in competitive sailing. The group recently launched a new sailboat in Grand Traverse Bay and has been staffing the boat with Veterans.

“We are so grateful to be a part of the T.C. Patriot Game this year,” says Scott Ford from Warrior Sailing. “We’re anxious for people to learn about our program and understand how the camaraderie and teamwork of sailing creates acceptance and healing.”

The first opportunity to purchase shirts will be the week of August 6th during the Northwest Michigan Fair. After the fair they will be sold at area new car dealerships. This year supporters of West High School will wear blue shirts, while supporters of Central High School will wear red. Cost will be $10 for adults and $5 for students. Online sales will be announced at a later date.

Now in its seventh year, the T.C. Patriot Game honors Veterans, active duty military, first responders and those in northern Michigan who have recently died in service to our country. The football game will be held Friday, September 14th during the annual clash between T.C. Central and T.C. West.

Sponsors include Meijer, Bill Marsh Auto, Fox Motors, Serra of Traverse City, Williams Chevrolet, Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS), the Les and Anne Biederman Foundation. Additional support comes from Allen/Kent Photography, McMillen’s Instant Framers, Gallagher’s Carpet and Buffalo Wild Wings.

Donations are accepted at TC Patriot Game, P.O. Box 5433, Traverse City, MI 49696.

More information about the game is available at the school’s athletic offices or on the TC Patriot Game website.