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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Bucklin Red Aces to honor military

  • The Red Aces coach is hoping to turn the teams losing streak while helping the Wounded Warriors Project.
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  • George Caine is the football coach for the Bucklin Red Aces, a team that hasn't won a football game in the previous seven seasons, a streak he looking to turn.
    "It's been dismal," Caine said. "We're trying to change things.
    "We tell the kids all the time to be warriors, to run towards the gunfire."
    As part of the military approach Caine is taking with the team, the Sept. 12 home game with Ingalls has become the Armed Forces Tribute Night. The Red Aces will wear special jerseys for the game.
    "We have red, black and white camo jerseys," Caine said. "The back of the jerseys say Courage, Honor and Strength.
    "We got permission from the high school activities association to wear the jerseys for the game."
    The jerseys will be auctioned off after the game with proceeds going to the Wounded Warriors Project and local veteran groups.
    "We're trying to change a culture here," Caine said. "What better way than to get these young men closer to the armed forces, to understand determination, commitment and teamwork?"
    During the week prior to the football game the team will hear from members of the Army, Marines and Air Force.
    "I just found out the head of Air Force recruiting in Kansas will be giving us a pregame speech in the locker room," Caine said. "It's going to be an exciting week."
    A Bucklin High School teacher who is a Vietnam veteran will toss the coin prior to the game and veterans from throughout Southwest Kansas are encouraged to attend.
    "There's not a lot done in Southwest Kansas that recognizes veterans," Caine said. "This has developed from that."
    The football coach said a park near the football stadium will be used for veterans to gather and swap stories and visit.
    "We've got a lot going on with the home games for Bucklin this season," Caine said. "We'll have Parents Night and a Redneck Night.
    "But the Sept. 12 game is going to be special. We want to honor veterans, raise some money for the Wounded Warriors Project and let us football players experience what it's like to be part of something bigger.
    "It will be a good night."
    Anyone wishing to become involved in Armed Forces Tribute Night, wanting to place a bid on a jersey or wanting more information can call Caine at 620-640-4472.

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