Originally Published: August 30, 2018 12:22 a.m.
PRESCOTT VALLEY — With its 2018 home opener versus Youngker on Friday night at Bob Pavlich Field, Bradshaw Mountain’s football team announced this week that the theme of its season is “Hometown Heroes.”
Last fall, second-year Bears coach Chuck Moller had his players honor local military veterans by placing stickers of the different branches of the U.S. Armed Forces on the backs of their black helmets.
While one player might have had the Army decal on his helmet, for example, another might have had the Navy decal. Local veterans were recognized during pregame, too.
This year, Moller said Bradshaw Mountain is going a step further — honoring all military veterans, police, paramedics, firefighters, cancer survivors and Special Olympians.
For every home game, Bradshaw’s team captains will celebrate a different hero.
“We believe that these individuals have truly earned the title of HERO!” Moller wrote in a letter to parents, students and supporters of the Bears’ football program this week.
Bradshaw Mountain’s tribute doesn’t end there, though.
Moller said military veterans who present a service card at the gate to the Bears’ home games receive free admission.
Police, paramedics and firefighters who show a badge or official documents gain free entry, too.
In addition, cancer survivors will be admitted free into the Oct. 5 home game versus rival Prescott and walk the track at Bob Pavlich Field during pregame. Special Olympians are invited to do the same when the Bears play host to Mohave on Oct. 19.
Moller thanked Bradshaw Mountain’s administration, booster club, coaches, families and fans “for making this possible.”
“We are two years into the development of this program, [and] I am proud to see the values of our vision being implemented,” Moller continued in the letter, adding that solid attendance at the contests will strengthen the heroes program.
“Our team is truly a community project. We are reaching out to you to make every home game an event not only for the players, but for our great community. … I look forward to continuing this journey together this season and for seasons to come.”
Doug Cook is a sports reporter for The Daily Courier. Follow him on Twitter at @dougout_dc. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 928-445-3333, ext. 2039.