This year's powderpuff game raises over $2000 for Gigi's Playhouse

Photo by Kate Marszalek

Seniors Meryl Feys, Maciah Lipsey, former NFL player and Powederpuff coach Curry, and senior Lizzie Potocsky hold the 17th annual trophy after beating the juniors on October 3.

The 17th annual Powderpuff game raised nearly $2000 for GIGI’s Playhouse on October 3. GIGI's Playhouse provides education, therapeutic support, and activities for those with Down Syndrome.

Near the end of the 4th quarter, Senior Maciah Lipsey dodged junior powderpuff defenders

and scored a touchdown—sealing the senior’s 7 to 0 win against the juniors after an

evenly matched game.

Whether the seniors or juniors win, each year coach Geoff Wickersham plans the event to support charities and the athleticism of Groves’ females.

“It’s a thrill to provide these young ladies with some amazing memories,” Wickersham said.

Wickersham also praised the Victory Day halftime show during the event. Football head coach Brendon Flaherty started this tradition. His players teach the special needs students how to run down the field with the ball, and on Victory Day those students perform a touch down while the football players encourage them.

Parent Amy Tyrell, whose special needs son Luke performed a touchdown last year, attended Powderpuff this year.

“It was so empowering for Luke. All of this,” Tyrell pointed to the field where the girls were playing football. “All of this is what Groves does to support and honor students.”

Above: photo by Eve Wasvary

Below: photo by Myrkia Maguire

Photo by Myrkia Maguire


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