TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Two opposing teams stand together on the field of Sabino High School on Friday night with a cause much greater than the game of lacrosse.
"There was a football team in Texas who wanted to wear camo jerseys with names and because of the AIA and Title IX, they weren't allowed to do it.. It made me think, we're a club team, no one can stop me from doing it," Sabino head lacrosse coach Chuck Rullan says.
Rullan then asked his players to do their own research and each find on military member who was killed in action to represent.
All Sabino and Gilbert players would then wear the names of chosen service members on their right sleeves with an American flag beneath.
The night has special meaning to the co-captain of Sabino, Stephen Powers, who will enlist in the United States Merchant Academy following high school graduation.
Stephen says, "I wanted to give back to the country I've lived in my whole life and appreciate all the opportunities given to me."
The support shown by the players tonight left Coach Rullan's girlfriend, Lisa Ware, at a loss for words.
Lisa proudly wore the name of her brother, Chad Maynard, who was killed serving in Iraq in 2004.
"If my brother was looking down he'd be really pleased to know that there are people out there that recognize what our military does," Lisa says.