DEXTER, N.Y. (WWNY) - While Football Fridays are usually exciting because of whats happening on the field, it’s what’s happening off the field that makes this General Brown game special.
It’s Homecoming, but more than that, this game is dedicated to raising awareness for autism.
“Anybody that knows General Brown knows football’s pretty big, but it’s more about teaching our players how to be great citizens and how to be great young men,” said “Friends of GB Football” member Kristi Bice.
On Friday, the crowd was a sea of blue, not to represent General Brown’s colors, but to show off special shirts. They’re they’re sold to raise money for the school’s Special Ed program.
The shirt sales have totalled $1,000.
General Brown cheerleader Marriah Washer said, “It lets them know that people are their for each other, and they’re not alone in anything, none of their struggles they’re going, through they’re not alone.”
Jessica Moore is a mom of four. One child is a cheerleader, another is a football player, and two are fans who happen to be autistic. For Moore, this game means the world.
“This is something that is not widely brought to awareness, its not something that you see at other schools; you see breast cancer, you see childhood cancer, which is also super important, but this is something that we live with every day. Autism is our family, and for General Brown to bring light to that is not only important to our family, but to families coming up,” Moore said.
With teammates and fans of all abilities united, the Lions even pulled out a win for the special night.