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2013-08-30 Tiger football team to sponsor “spRED the Hope” at opening game

Tiger football to "spRED the Hope" for HIV/AIDs orphans

Posted: Friday, August 30, 2013 at 2:33 PM
Olivet's Tiger football team announces a special emphasis for the opening game on Saturday, September 7, 2013, 6 p.m. at Ward Field. “spRED the Hope” will highlight two worldwide mission needs: Village of Hope in Guatemala and Project Hopeful to raise awareness of orphans with HIV/AIDS. Those attending the pre-game activities and the game will have the opportunity to learn more about and give to these needs.

During the pre-game activities on September 7, the team will honor Todd and Amy Block — the missionaries serving at Village of Hope and the parents of Keegan Block (Caddo Mills, Texas), a linebacker for the Tigers. In May 2013, a group from the Tiger football team traveled to San Lucas, Guatemala, to work alongside the Blocks there. The group provided manual labor for various projects, including working on the perimeter wall of the facility and digging a hole suitable for a new septic system, and also visited with local families. This was the team’s first ever overseas mission trip.

“Our affiliation with The Village of Hope is much more than just a trip overseas,” Head Coach Brian Fish said. “Having people there who are connected to our program is important. We hope to develop steady support for them. Providing ways for players to help people with real needs is a foundational part of our program. We call this bearing fruit, and it’s part of who we want to become as a team and as individuals.”

The Blocks and Village of Hope partner with Project Hopeful to spread awareness about orphans with HIV/AIDS who are often overlooked and lost due to the stigma and lack of education regarding the transmission of the disease. Red is the international symbol for HIV/AIDS awareness, and the Tigers urge all attending to join the coaching staff in wearing red shirts to the game.

On game day, red Tiger football T-shirts and red woven bracelets from Guatemala will be available for purchase before, during and after the game. All sales proceeds will benefit Village of Hope.

Admission for the game is $6 for adults and $4 for students with ID and seniors. For more information about “spRED the Hope,” call 815-939-5350 or email