TOWNSEND -- At the start of the season North Middlesex senior softball second baseman Jackie Potvin was searching for an idea for her senior project. Potvin decided to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project, a non-profit organization that raises funds for veterans and their families, who were wounded in the line of duty. What started as one softball game and an idea for a senior project, soon blossomed to a baseball and lacrosse event. The North Middlesex baseball, softball, girls' lacrosse and boys' lacrosse teams were all in action Monday afternoon. The Patriots collectively raised $1,380 from the event.
"Our school is always pretty big on doing the pink game for breast cancer awareness, but we wanted to donate to a different organization," Potvin said. "One of my teammates Julia Murray is joining the Navy. We all thought that it would be nice to do this and that it would mean a lot to Julia and the community. Before I started this project, I didn't know how many people knew someone who served until they started saying they started saying how much this game meant to them."
North Middlesex raised $300 at the car wash on Sunday afternoon at the high school. The teams converged in the field in the middle of the athletic complex for the singing of the National Anthem and the presentation of the American flag by the North Middlesex Army ROTC Color Guard. North Middlesex had to scramble to get all four teams to be able to play at home on the same day.
"Jackie and Becky Jackson have been heavily involved in putting this all together," North Middlesex athletic director James Bunnell said. "Becky has been great coordinating this event. Having a nickname like Patriots, supporting the Wounded Warrior project goes hand-in-hand. We have all our teams wearing camoflauge and the JV lacrosse team who does not have a game today helping out today -- the North Middlesex Athletic Boosters grilling hot dogs and hamburgers -- It's just cool to see a community that is coming together a lot more frequently for good causes.These athletes are doing great things that are not only sports related, but things that they are going to be able to hold onto way later on down the road."
Bunnell worked it out so Westboro baseball/softball and Marlboro girls'/boys' lacrosse would be involved in the Wounded Warrior games. " I think it is really cool of Marlboro to wear its white jerseys so that we could wear our red camos," Bunnell said. "That's the great thing about our league: we battle each other every day, but when it really comes down to it, everybody is willingn to come together and help each other out."
Potvin has looked to her head coach as a mentor, and Jackson helped make the Wounded Warrior games a big success.
"I think that was a worthy cause," Jackson said. "Each year we have a significant number of students who go into the armed services. Jackie did it as her senior project, but we are hoping now that we have done it on a smaller scale, we can do it again next year and invite some vets. We wanted to get it figured out the first time and get one under our belt. I think if we can make it an annual thing, it would be really nice."
Potvin was elated that the other spring sports decided to chip in and participate in raising money for the Wounded Warrior project.
"Everyone started joining in and the boosters wanted to join in," Potvin said. "All of the spring teams were very excited and willing to help -- I have never seen the spring teams work together like this before. It's awesome."