Fisher and Fisher: Tift County football to host Red, White and Blue Devil Game to honor military in South Georgia

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When it comes to “Cause High School Football Games,” Tift County head football coach Noel Dean knows a thing or two about them.

When the Michigan Hall of Fame high school football coach was the main man at Lowell High School in Lowell, Michigan, he created the Pink Arrow Pride Game that last month celebrated its 14th anniversary. Friday night at Tifton’s Brodie Field, Coach Dean will start writing a new chapter in helping and celebrating others with the program’s Red, White and Blue Devil Game against Appling County.

One day before the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Dean’s Blue Devils will honor Tift County’s military by wearing special uniforms with the names of local military on the back of the varsity player uniforms. Below are the military names associated with the varsity numbers.

The names on the uniforms is a carbon copy of what Dean did when he was at Lowell. The Pink Arrow Pride game started in 2008 when Dean decided he wanted his players to wear pink jerseys with the names of loved ones, who had been affected by cancer.

Heading into the 2021 game, the Pink Arrow Pride Game had raised over $2-million.

In addition to wearing names on the uniforms, the team is asking all actively duty military and veterans take part in the Devils Walk from the Eighth Street Middle School to Brodie Field.

Money raised from the event will go to service projects that will help local military, past and present. The projects will be performed with the help of the Tift County High School football players.

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