AMHERST — Souhegan High School’s Friday night football game will be about more than pigskin with special events planned before the game and at halftime to say goodbye to the senior players, to honor local veterans and to prevent hunger in New Hampshire.
According to organizer Marie Grella, the special events will begin at 6:30 p.m. as football players from Souhegan receive recognition for their contributions to the team, and thank their moms by presenting them with roses.
Veterans are being asked to stop at a special check-in table in front of the stadium to receive a “thank you” sticker, said Grella. Admission to the game is free for all veterans.
“We will have the entrance way in to the school lined with American flags, and a huge flag on the back of the stands,” said Grella.
Before the 7 p.m. game against Hollis-Brookline High School begins, the Souhegan High School Band will play the national anthem, while members of the Milford Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) congregate in the middle of the field to honor those who fought in battle or died defending the country, said Grella.
At halftime, the Souhegan band will play, accompanied by the VFW color guard in recognition of the veterans from the area and in the audience. In addition to honoring the troops, the game will be an opportunity for attendees to give back to the community. In cooperation with WMUR and the New Hampshire Food Bank, Souhegan High School will be participating in a program called “Tackling Hunger” at Friday’s game.
Attendees are being asked to bring nonperishable food items or personal care items such as toothpaste, shampoo and deodorant. The donations will be given to SHARE Outreach, a community organization that offers a food pantry along with assistance and resources to people in need in Amherst, Mont Vernon, Milford and Brookline.