Traverse City, Mich.— The annual T.C. Patriot Game received a $2,000 boost today from the Biederman Family Foundation. The Foundation announced the awarding of a grant that will benefit a Veteran program called Warrior Sailing. The sailing program is the recipient organization for this year’s game.

The T.C. Patriot Game is the annual football clash between Traverse City Central and West High Schools. In recent years the highly-anticipated game is made even more significant by honoring heroes who have recently been killed while serving their country, active-duty military, Veterans and first responders. Students from both schools select a Veteran organization to receive money from the sale of commemorative shirts. This year the students selected Warrior Sailing.

Warrior Sailing is a new program where area Veterans train in competitive sailing in Grand Traverse Bay. It helps promote camaraderie and healing from wounds encountered during their service.

“This game has become a major community event that supports our Veterans,” says Ross Biederman from the Biederman Family Foundation. “It is a great collaboration between the schools, students, businesses and Veteran organizations. We’re glad we can help promote this game.”

The shirts will go on sale early next month and will be available at area new car dealerships and some 4-Front Credit Union locations.

Other sponsors include Bill Marsh Auto, Fox Motors, Serra of Traverse City, Williams Chevy, Meijer, Traverse City Area Public Schools and 4-Front Credit Union. Additional support comes from Allen/Kent Photography, McMillen’s Instant Framers, Gallagher’s Carpet, Jimmy Johns 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 at www.TCPatriotGame.com.