When Brown City and Marlette meet on the field or court, it’s usually a heated rivalry.
However, outside of the lines, they know how to come together to help communities.
On Friday – a month after the rivalry’s Team Connor game – the two sides will come together to help with the Flint water crisis during the JV and varsity boys basketball games, starting at 6 p.m.
Helping couldn’t be any easier – a case of water gets you in the door to catch the games without paying for a ticket. Really, the hardest part of the night is estimating exactly how much water will be brought in.
“I really don’t (have a guess),” organizer and Brown City football coach Aren Cooper said with a laugh. “My goal out of the chute is to see if we can get 100 cases, but I was part of the cancer game (in the football season) and I was amazed with the support and what those communities do … so it wouldn’t surprise me if that’s blown out of the water.”
Come help us support the residents of Flint during the Boys' BC vs. Marlette basketball games on Friday Feb. 26th. pic.twitter.com/KgQzFwEqL6— Brown City Football (@greendevilsfb) February 16, 2016
The event, which is held by both school’s football programs, will also get help from the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan. They let Cooper know that no matter how many cases of water they receive, they’ll assist with transportation of the water.
Cooper also pointed out the biggest help in planning this event is the Brown City administration. With water donations essentially counting as currency on Friday, Brown City loses the money it would gain on ticket sales.
“They’re giving up their biggest gate of the year,” Cooper said. “That’s a big thing for them to be able to do that.”
On the court, fans will also be treated to what should be another solid matchup in this rivalry. Marlette leads the Greater Thumb Conference East title chase with a 7-1 conference record and two games to play. Sandusky is just behind them at 6-2.
While Brown City is 2-6 in the league, they’re better than their record shows. Marlette knows all too well about that as they were in a dogfight with the Green Devils before the Red Raiders exploded in the fourth quarter for a 64-51 win.
It will be hard to find a better place to be on Friday night if you’re in the Thumb.
“It definitely is a rivalry, it’s the one the kids circled when I got there, but there’s not a hate that goes along with it,” Cooper said. “There’s a lot of positive things that come out of it.”