A-J Plans White-out Game

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By WSIL Sports

ANNA -- The Anna-Jonesboro Wildcats will be after a 3-0 start Friday night when they host Massac County.

Whether they win or lose, this group of Cats will be making a huge impact for a special group of new friends.

The Wildcats will be hosting their inaugural White Out Game, to raise awareness and money to fight Muscular Dystrophy.

The event was the idea of head coach Brett Detering. "We've implemented a new program here called 'BMOC', said Detering. "Be a Man of Character. Part of that is helping people who are in need of your help. We had a chance to go over and visit the Muscular Dystrophy camp in Fredericktown, Missouri this summer. For those kids, to use a football analogy, it's their playoffs. It's their Super Bowl week for them, this is something they look forward to all year."

A-J senior captain Josh Merriman was one of the players that helped out with the camp.

"We really didn't know what to expect going in," said Merriman. "Once we got there and got to talking to some of the kids--these people, they struggle doing everyday stuff. Doing what we do--don't even think about it. Once you go there and hang out with the kids...it really touches you."

The White Out and M-D are very personal for Detering. His four year old son Austin has one of the 40 neuromuscular diseases.

Austin isn't old enough to go to the camp, but his dad has seen firsthand not only what the camp can do, but also the generosity of his community.

"It's been humbling for us," said Detering, "just the amount of support that we've gotten locally with people who are willing to be corporate sponsors, who've been
willing to donate gift cards, merchandise or baskets for silent auctions. We'd set a goal for ourselves, and we're gonna well exceed that. That's something that makes me proud of our community, makes me proud of our kids, and I'm just glad to be a part of this."

The summer camp is for a kids ages 6-17 with MD. The cost is $800 per camper. The team easily surpassed its goal to send six kids to camp by selling nearly 500 white shirts.

After the game Friday night, there will be a silent auction and celebration at Great Boars of Fire.
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