Grand Rapids area schools enjoy giving back to the local community. Whether its giving area donations during Toy's for Tots or volunteering at a local community event. On July 15, two area teams took it upon themselves to help out another group of people, our area veterans. Kent City and Grant took time out of their sports schedules to give veterans something they normally don't get to see, a football game with family.

Being in the middle of training for the upcoming season, both Kent City and Grant Football Teams played a scrimmage against each other to raise money for the veterans home. Officiated by MHSAA officials, players played in game uniforms (no pads), and even having the Kent City High School Band play. The two teams gave the veterans in attendance a chance to see an exhibition football team they normally wouldn't be able to see. They got to chance to with the game being played on the lawn of the veterans home.

This game is the first of two games that Kent City puts on for veterans. The other, Military Appreciation Night, is put on every year which also helps raise funds for veterans,but not all veterans can attend.  Kent City has put on other fundraisers along with this that has raised more than $2,000 for the veterans home. The Student-Athletes have also participated in pop can drives and fundraiser at Papa Picciones in Kent City. The team also held a blood drive to raise more money for the home.

Kent City, who play Holton on Friday, September 9th, will also be selling T-shirts during the game to help the home. For more information on the game, visit Kent City's Athletic Website.

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