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'United Way Bowl' Happens Tonight
Posted on: 09/06/2013
By  Andy Rex
 
To some, it’s just a football game.  To others, it’s a huge rivalry.  To the United Way of Washington County, it’s the kickoff of their annual campaign.
 
Tonight’s Marietta-Warren football game has been dubbed the United Way Bowl, and it’s the second year for the fundraising event.
 
United Way board member Al Miller tells WMOA News what people will see, in addition to football, at Don Drumm Stadium tonight…
 
“Student Council members from both schools running through the stands, trying to get their side to win the Spirit Trophy.  Whichever side contributes the most gets what I call the Spirit Trophy.  We’re going to report how things are going each quarter, at halftime, and at the end of the game.  They’re also going to have an opportunity to get an official game ball.  If they give five dollars or more, they automatically get a raffle ticket.”
 
Miller says there will be a pregame parade around the stadium with representatives of all 18 agencies the United Way supports. There will be t-shirts for sale and a 50-50 drawing with all proceeds benefitting the United Way.
 
It’s each school’s biggest rivalry, but both agree it's come to mean even more. Here’s Warren senior Cody Dobbs…
 
“Marietta, being our biggest rival, it’s one of the biggest games of the year.  But, it’s also important on a deeper level.  Giving back to the community through the United Way and helping raise awareness and funds – it’s something out team is gravitating toward.  Coach (Andy) Schob is always trying to make us better young men.  There’s not a better way for us to do it than give back to the community.”
 
And, Marietta Athletic Director Rick Guimond says there’s not a better game than this to start the campaign…
 
“It’s a wonderful rivalry.  Everybody knows everybody.  It’s a lot like playing in your back yard when you’re a kid.  It’s a wonderful opportunity.  We’re so thankful to be involved with the United Way and with BSN (Sports) and their support with this contest.  We’re really looking forward to a really nice game.”
 
Kickoff is set for 7:30. Coverage begins at 7:15 on WMOA.
 
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