The Frewsburg Bears may have lost out on a chance at yet another Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Athletic Association Division 2 crown following their loss on Wednesday to Cassadaga Valley, but that doesn't mean they don't still have meaningful regular season games remaining on the schedule.
On Friday, Frewsburg will square off for a non-league battle with Fredonia (which earlier in the day will face Jamestown as part of a doubleheader) under the lights at Diethrick Park. And while that bit of news in and of itself may not be especially remarkable, the cause for which the three squads are playing for is.
That cause? The Wounded Warrior Project.
"It was (Fredonia assistant coach) Tim Cowan's idea," Frewsburg coach Jay Grann said. "He just figured that if we were all going to get together and play a game at the stadium, why not do it for a cause? We wanted to do something a little different, and he thought of the Wounded Warrior Project."
According to its website, the organization aims "to raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members; to help injured service members aid and assist each other; and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members."
All proceeds from the games - fans are asked to make a $2 donation at the gate - will go directly to the Wounded Warrior Project.
In the spirit of the night, Fredonia and Frewsburg will wear camouflage jerseys with the Wounded Warrior Project logo on the sleeve. Their game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Jamestown and Fredonia will play earlier in the day at 4:30 p.m.
"We're hoping to get a little more publicity for (the project), which might lead to more donations," Cowan said. "I, like a lot of people, have extended family that were (or are) in the military, and I'd heard about (the project) and did a little more looking into it.
"It's a great cause that's something really easy for everyone to get behind."
Those not able to make it to the games on Friday can still help, Cowan added, by making a direct donation online at support.woundedwarriorproject.org, or by calling (877) 958-2233.