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Tully football homecoming vs. Onondaga to benefit Wounded Warriors

Posted Friday, October 11, 2013 by http://highschoolsports.syracuse.com/news/article/-2008065010060583376/tully-football-hopes-homecomi

Tully High School’s football homecoming this Friday night will be about more than just its Class D West rivalry game with nearby Onondaga.

The Black Knights will try to collect as much money as possible for the Wounded Warrior Project, which provides help for veterans and service members who’ve been injured or wounded on or since Sept. 11, 2001.

The event was the brainchild of Tully juniors R.J. Herrick and Zac Kays, who wanted to raise money for a cause that wasn’t a typical high school fund-raiser.

Herrick, a receiver and defensive back, said he and Kays came across the Wounded Warrior Project and decided that it would fit the bill.

“We found something that our football team can participate in that’s for somebody besides us and our community,” said Kays, a two-way lineman. “I’ve known people that have been in the service and come back wounded. I want to give back to them – and everyone else who’s out there right now fighting for us.”

Plans are to donate the gate receipts from Friday’s game (7 p.m. kickoff) to the WWP through the Syracuse Veterans Administration. The team has ordered red, white and black camouflage jerseys for the game and plans are to sell similar-looking T-shirts that have ‘Tully Football’ on the front.

Herrick said the team hopes to have representatives from four military branches participate in the pregame coin toss.

“We’ve got camo jerseys we’re going to wear for the vets,” Herrick said. “We’re going to do this for the people who make this country free for us.”

Both players said they’ve been inspired by family members or friends who have served in the military.

Herrick said he’s seriously thinking of joining the military when he finishes school, and Kays said he’s considering doing the same.

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