Traverse City, Mich.— A program designed to help heal Veterans through sailing has been selected to receive money from this year’s T.C. Patriot Game. Student Senate members chose a group called Warrior Sailing after interviewing four Veteran organizations last night.

Warrior Sailing is a national organization begun in 2013, but a new northern Michigan program is beginning this year. Local organizers told student senators that their goal is to help heal and strengthen Veterans who may be dealing with physical or mental struggles as a result of their service. They say teamwork and camaraderie develops through the sailing program.

Student senate members say they were impressed with the passion that local organizers brought to the program. So far the local program has benefited through the support of the national Warrior Sailing organization. The money raised through the T.C. Patriot Game will be used for maintenance of the boats and to help with any special needs of the Veterans.

Now in its seventh year, the T.C. Patriot Game takes place during the annual football clash between T.C. Central and T.C. West High Schools. The game is used to honor local active duty military, Veterans, first responders and those who have died in service to our country.

Students help to raise money for local Veteran organizations through the sale of commemorative t-shirts that are expected to go on sale in August. Last year the T.C. Patriot Game contributed $13,000 to a group dedicated to eliminating Veteran suicides called 22 2 None. This year’s T.C. Patriot Game will be held Friday, September 14th , which is a week later than last year.

Sponsors for the game have included area new car dealerships, Traverse Catholic Federal Credit Union, the Les and the Anne Biederman Foundation, Gwen Hall Real Estate One, Movement Mortgage, Bayside Moving, And Storage, Traverse City Area Public Schools and Traverse Catholic Federal Credit Union. Additional support has come from Meijer, Jimmy Johns, McMillen’s Instant Framer, Allen-Kent Photography, Team Elmers, Jays Sporting Goods and Gallaghers Flooring. More information is available at the school’s athletic offices or by contacting the TC Patriot Game Director, Scott Herzberg at sherzberg@nmc.edu. A website for the game is being updated at www.TCPatriotGame.com. Information about Warrior Sailing is available at: www.WarriorSailing.org.

April 27, 2018
Contact: Mike Kent – 231-932- 6220 or MKent@BillMarsh.com