Michigan track programs rally support, raise money for Oxford shooting victims and families
OXFORD, Mich. – Track and field programs across Michigan come together to pay tribute to the Oxford community and help victims of the high school shooting.
Brian Gordon, Acting Athletic Director of Royal Oak Schools said sports directors everywhere Oakland County met at Oxford High School on the morning of the tragedy. Since then, he has been thinking about ways to help.
Gordon, with help from the Oakland Activities Association, Kensington Lakes Activities Association, and Detroit Catholic High School League, organized and partnered with EA Graphics to design and then sell shirts and sweatshirts. -Oxford Strong shirts. 80% of every item will go to the victims of the Oxford High School shooting.
“It’s about tackling violence in schools together,” said Gordon.
Michigan High School Athletics Association (MHSAA) and Michigan Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Associations (MIAAA) are helping to spread the word about this.
“EA Graphics in Sterling Heights is our business partner. They make all the jerseys and things like that for our tournaments. Long before we got involved, they’d already stepped in and said we’d like to print as much as possible to be part of some kind of fundraising effort, ”said Geoff Kimmerly, MHSAA communications director.
The clothes went on sale Monday and Tuesday morning, EA Graphics president Bob Artymovich said he had received 300 orders from across the country.
The plan is for everyone to wear the shirts on February 4, 2022, a day when several high school sporting events are taking place. School districts also host Oxford Strong events throughout the month of February.
“Children, community, families, grandmothers, grandparents, teachers, administrators, coaches, everyone at the same time. For me that is a powerful statement, not only to support Oxford and the tragedy they are facing, but also to say, ‘Hey, we’re done with violence in school,’ Gordon said.
Kimmerly said it sends the message that regardless of the rivalries and who is playing who on this day, there is only one team: Oxford Strong.
“I think everyone has had Oxford closer to their hearts here over the past month. And so, combining schools and combining sports, it really gives us the opportunity to stick together and make a pretty strong statement, ”Kimmerly said. “A statement of support showing that there isn’t much we can do to ease the pain, but we can show you that we support you and want to continue to support you in any way we can.”
Gordon has said he wants lawmakers, city officials, school board members and even Governor Whitmer to join them on the day of support.
His hope is that February 4 will finally be recognized as a statewide awareness day to prevent violence against schools.
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