A local group that aims to eliminate Veteran suicides was given a huge round of support from students at Central and West high schools. 22 2 None received a check for $13,000 through proceeds from the annual T.C. Patriot Game. The check was given during halftime activities at the basketball game tonight between the two schools.

The T.C. Patriot Game was held last September during the annual football clash between the schools. The highly-anticipated game has taken on new meaning over the past six
years and has become a way to honor Veterans, active-duty military, police and fire. Students from both schools interview a variety of Veteran groups and determine which group receives money from the game. Selling commemorative shirts and getting sponsorships helps to raise funds for the Veterans.

“On average 22 Veterans commit suicide every day in our country,” says 22 2 None member Ray McDaniel. “Those suicides are not remote to us here in northern Michigan. We see local Veterans fighting demons from serving our country. This money will go a long way to help fight those demons.”

The TC Patriot Game began when football coaches from both schools wanted to demonstrate to players that men and women around the world sacrifice every day to protect our freedom. A pre-game ceremony honors Veterans, active-duty military and first responders. Names of military and first responders who were recently killed in service to our country are read and a Coast Guard helicopter fly-over helps mark the event.

The T.C. Patriot Game has become a collaborative effort between the Traverse City Area Public Schools, area businesses and Veteran organizations. Sponsors last year include Bill Marsh Auto, Fox Motors, Serra of Traverse City, Williams Chevy, Gwen Hall Real Estate One, Movement Mortgage, Bayside Moving and Storage, Traverse Catholic Federal Credit Union and the Les and Anne Biederman Foundation. Additional support was received from Meijer, Jimmy Johns, McMillen’s Instant Framer, Allen-Kent Photography, Team Elmers, Jays Sporting Goods and Gallagher’s Flooring. More information about the game is available at www.TCPatriotGame.com.