April 20 was Alzheimer’s Awareness game night on the soccer fields. Purple balloons decorated the stands, purple lines were painted on the field, both of the boys' and girls' varsity soccer teams wore purple jerseys, and they even played with purple game balls.
“It was a purple night,” said Jason Guzzardo, head coach of the varsity girls' soccer team. “The purpose of the night was to promote awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association. Organizations like this are often overlooked. This is something unique that not a lot of the schools do. When we brought up the idea, there were a lot of people within our soccer program and our community that thought it was wonderful because many of them had a parent or grandparent who had or was suffering from Alzheimer’s. We thought it was a great opportunity to get our community and our soccer program involved in a really great event.”
The Dacula Soccer teams raised money that evening by raffling off the purple game balls that were donated by one of their vendors. The concession stand had a meal deal for the night with 60 percent of the meal price going to the Alzheimer’s Association.
The Alzheimer’s Association also had a booth at the games to raise awareness, and to promote the Alzheimer’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, Oct. 6 in Duluth.
“It means a lot for us to be able to come out here and raise awareness for Alzheimer’s and the walk in October,” said Shannon Primm, the Metro Development Manager for the Alzheimer’s Association in Atlanta. “This walk is our biggest fundraising event.”
“It is great to see all of the young people out here supporting Alzheimer’s,” added Susan Howard, an Alzheimer’s Association volunteer working at the booth. “With all of this support and willingness to help, hopefully this disease will not be an issue when they are older.”
Overall, the Dacula High School Alzheimer’s Awareness game night was a great success.
“The game night went well,” Guzzardo said. “I heard lots of compliments and the Alzheimer’s Association expressed to me that they would like to make this an annual event. Several people signed up for the walk at the game. Also, a vast majority of the parents got together with the booster club and designed their own t-shirts for the game and they plan to wear it in the walk in October.”
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