Traverse City, Mich.— Commemorative shirts for the annual TC Patriot Game are now on sale at select locations around Traverse City to help support Veterans In Crisis.

Now in its eighth year, the TC Patriot Game uses the football clash between cross-town rivals TC West Titans and TC Central Trojans to honor active duty military, Veterans, first responders and those from northern Michigan who have recently died in service to our country.

Sales of the shirts support a Veteran organization that is selected by Student Senate leaders from both schools. This year the students selected Veterans in Crisis. The organization works as a safety net to help Veterans facing emergency needs in 21 northern Michigan counties.

Shirts are currently available at Fox Motors, Serra of Traverse City, Traverse Catholic Federal Credit Union on Veterans Drive, Brady’s Bar and EXIT Realty. They will soon be available at 4-Front Credit Union locations on South Airport and U-S 31 South in Traverse City. Shirts are also available online at Group shirt orders can be sent to

T.C. West Senior High School students will wear red shirts this year, while supporters of T.C. Central High School will wear blue. Minimum shirt donations are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Direct donations to Veterans In Crisis can be made through a “Donate Now” button on the website. EXIT Realty and Brady’s Bar are offering a community match up to $5,000 with those donations.

The game will be held Friday, September 20th at Thirlby Field. Veterans, active duty military and first responders get into the game for free and are invited to a pre-game tailgate party at no charge. They will also be invited on the field for a special pre-game ceremony to honor their service before an expected crowd of over 10,000 people.

In addition to the shirt selling locations, additional sponsors include: Williams Chevy, Bill Marsh Auto, Traverse City Area Public Schools, Meijer, McMillen’s Custom Framing, Allen-Kent Photography, Folgarelli’s Market, Jimmy John’s and Pepsi. The game also received a grant from the Anne & Les Biederman Foundation.