NORTH ANDOVER -- As Boston and the world begins the healing process after the horrific events at the Boston Marathon on Patriots Day, the Merrimack College football team will honor the victims in a special way during their annual spring football game today at 4 p.m. at Martone-Mejail Field on the Merrimack campus.
Merrimack’s four newly elected football captains for the 2013 season will relinquish their traditional jerseys and instead don those bearing the names of the four individuals who lost their lives.
Seniors Joseph Clancy, of Newburyport, Shane Ferguson, of Point Pleasant Beach, N.J., and Artis Holt, of Baltimore, along with junior Matthew Tripicchio, of Lake Zurich, Ill. will each wear navy blue jerseys with the name of one of the four victims. A fifth jersey bearing the powerful symbolic "Boston Strong" will be worn by Isaiah Robbins, the newest and youngest teammate from Team IMPACT.
The jerseys were donated by Prime Time Sports of Lawrence, in partnership with Nike Team Sports. Team members will sign the shirts in advance of today’s game. Following the game, the shirts will be sent to the families of the fallen victims.
Additionally, all player helmets will be adorned with the Boston Marathon commemorative sticker. The Merrimack College Warrior Touchdown Club will also collect funds before and during the game for One Fund Boston. The Touchdown Club will also host a post-game tailgate for players, their families and new recruits.
“The events of the last 10 days have had a powerful impact on everyone living, working and going to school in Massachusetts and beyond,” said Merrimack Football Head Coach Dan Curran.
“This is one small way that we can pay tribute to Martin Richard, Krystle Campbell, Lu Lingzi and Officer Shawn Collier, as well as those many other individuals and families who suffered so much during this time," said Coach Curran. "We are looking forward to seeing our fans and alumni on Saturday, and know that they will stand ‘Warrior Strong’ with us in this tribute.”