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Wendi's Word A column by Wendi Reardon

Fall sports

August 13, 2014 - It might be hard to believe but it is time - time for fall sports.

Despite the low temperatures and rainy days August has arrived and this week marks tryouts for athletes participating in fall sports and football players going back to the field with two practices a day.

Many gridiron heroes are returning from last year's season pumped to repeat the success from 2013 - MHSAA Division 1 State Champions. Newbies on the team are hoping to help them out and get back to Ford Field.

You have a chance to see them before season opener game. The Wolves will play this Saturday in their pre-season intrasquad scrimmage. It is a special scrimmage because it is also the boys' sixth annual Football for a Cure.

Many of you know the boys trade in their blue and gold jerseys for blue and pink as they play the game of football and fight against cancer at the same time.

Each player has a nameplate or two on the back of their jerseys with a name of someone who has cancer, survivors and those who have passed away.

Most of the people the players are playing for are family members or friends and chose that person for a particular reason.

Every jersey has a story. Over the last few weeks as well as this week The Clarkston News has featured one player. It happened Hampton Swayne, Joe Popp and Will Scarlett are playing for a grandparent.

Each of the three were excited heading into the event not only to play for a loved one but for the community. All proceeds raised during the event help patient services at McLaren Breast Cancer and McLaren Cancer Institute in Clarkston.

It is a great event. Plus, it is a peek into how the boys look as they start their road to playoffs.

Since the Wolves enjoy helping the community that supports them. They will be out in neighborhoods next Friday for their annual Rush for Food and will collect non-perishable food for Lighthouse in Independence Township.

We will have a list of neighborhoods listed in next week's edition. Or you are more than welcome to drop off donations at our office, 5 S. Main Street. We have a big container to fill for the Wolves.

Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007. Follow Clarkston sports on Twitter @CNewsWRSports.
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