When Verona High School hosts Super Essex Conference rival Bloomfield in a varsity wrestling match on Feb. 6, the event will have an extra special significance.
According to Verona head coach Don Morgenroth, the match, which starts at 6 p.m., will support Alzheimer’s Awareness and will sport a poignant slogan of ‘They May Forget, But We Never Will”.
“The whole idea came from one of our wrestlers, Mark Riggio, who always wears purple wrestling shoes,” Morgenroth said. “When we asked him why he wore those shoes, he passionately told us that it was the color for Alzheimer’s Awareness, and that he just recently lost his grandmother to the disease.”
Morgenroth’s father, Don, fought a courageous battle against Alzheimer’s before passing away three years ago.
“I thought it would be great, as a team, to do a community project to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Foundation,” Morgenroth said. “So the gears were turning and we decided to design and sell a tee-shirt dedicated to Alzheimer’s awareness. Then, we thought it would be great to dedicate a match against Alzheimer’s. We reached out to Bloomfield and coach (Sam) Fusaro was honored that I thought of his team and they eagerly got involved.”
Both teams sold the purple tee-shirts, with the ‘They May Forget, But We Never Will’ slogan and according to Morgenroth, the teams hope to raise over $1,000.00 from the shirt sales, change collection and door fees at the match.
“I applaud both teams for getting involved,” Morgenroth said.