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Rivals As One event to help young athletes

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, October 17, 2012

A Northwest High School senior will team up with a rival to help out local young athletes in need.

Taylor Crumpton is starting a Play It Forward chapter at Northwest High School. Play it Forward, in association with the Pro Players Foundation, is a non-profit, community-service organization dedicated to collecting gently-used or new sporting equipment and apparel and refurbishing it to be donated to children in need. Once the equipment is cleaned and inventoried, it will be donated to needy youngsters identified by a wide group of coaches, school administrators and directors of various athletic organizations in a number of different sports.

A group of sophomore athletes at Southlake Carroll High School started a Play It Forward chapter at their school. It is completely student-run.

Play It Forward Northwest along with Play It Forward Southlake will be set up at Dragon Stadium 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, prior to the football game between the schools to collect donations. If you are coming to the game, bring any new and/or old athletic equipment to provide an athlete less fortunate the opportunity to play the game.

Despite the fact the two schools are rivals, athletes in both communities will come together as “Rivals As One.”

Anyone interested in donating equipment or for any additional information can check out their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/playitforwardnorthwest or email pifnorthwest@gmail.com.

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