Falcons and Highlanders Compete for a Cause in the Crosstown Charity Bowl

The 2015 Crosstown Charity Bowl football game will be hosted at the Adams High School stadium on Friday, October 16, at 7 p.m., pitting the Rochester Falcons against the Adams Highlanders. While many games remain on the respective schedules for the Adams and Rochester High School football teams, both squads are looking forward to their week eight matchup with much anticipation. The theme for the event is “Freedom is Not Free.”

The Crosstown Charity Bowl is a charitable initiative focused on honoring former and current military service personnel. All proceeds raised, leading up to and during the game, will benefit Operation Homefront, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting veterans and military families.

“This event creates a unique opportunity for our school communities to join forces in support of our military personnel, past and present, while raising funds in their honor,” said Rochester Adams Athletic Director Jason Rapp.

“The players and cheerleaders will have the opportunity to recognize someone special in their lives who has served our country, with the added benefit of aiding a charitable organization that will be able to assist military families in our area. Revenues raised from the Crosstown Charity Bowl will be designated for distribution to recipients in Michigan, with an emphasis on those military families in Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne counties,” said Rapp.

According to the Operation Homefront 2014 Annual Report, approximately 92% of all funds raised by and for the charitable organization directly support their program services.

The football players and cheerleading squads from both schools will be wearing special digital camo jerseys in honor of, or in memory of a veteran or current service member. Special pre- and post-game activities will take place, with the highlight being the presentation of jerseys to those being honored at the conclusion of the contest.

Spectators will also have the opportunity to buy event t-shirts which will be on sale at each school for $15 each. Proceeds from the t-shirt not only support the charity, but will also serve as admission to the game. Veterans and active military personnel will be admitted to the game free of charge.

“We’re proud of how our young adults have come together to support our military,” said Rochester High School Principal Neil DeLuca. “No matter the outcome of the game, both teams have already proven themselves to be winners.”

Sponsors for the Crosstown Charity Bowl include: Endodontic Associates, Hungry Howie’s Pizza, Classic Shipping and Copy Center, Mayor Bryan Barnett and The City of Rochester Hills, American Flag & Banner, Team Sports, the United States Army, Adams Booster Club, Johnny Mac’s Sporting Goods, and the United States Air Force.

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