Rival high school teams and fans were awash in orange Thursday night as they joined together in support of a student athlete battling cancer.
The “orange-out” at Springboro High School’s football stadium in honor of senior Matt Reese is to mark the growing “#MacStrong” movement in honor of the Springboro senior diagnosed with leukemia two weeks ago.
Orange banners, T-shirts and wristbands can be seen all over Springboro, but tonight Centerville students and fans also swapped out their team colors for orange.
“It’s great to see two rivals, two strong communities, come together for one good cause of supporting Mac and his family,” said Springboro High School Principal Kyle Martin. “It’s really nice to see all the orange here in the stadium tonight.”
Carter Jones, a senior who said he’s Reese’s best friend, said although Mac is in the hospital following a round of chemotherapy, he would be thrilled to see how everyone is rallying around him.
“I know he’s going to pull through,” Jones said.
Another senior, Alec Holtrul, made some phone calls to see if the Centerville community would back the Mac Strong movement. Holtrul said they sold out of $1,000 in orange T-shirts and sold most of the wristbands.
“”Everybody got shirts, everybody in the community is participating,” Holtrul said. “I get chills going through Main Street, all the orange that’s there, and all the orange that’s here tonight and Centerville joining with us on the orange-out. It’s just amazing,” he said.