Wooster High School Honors Service Members by Hosting "National Guard Game of the Week"

In remembrance of September 11th, Wooster City Schools is honored to welcome Dover High School and the Wooster community as we salute our local and national service members, first responders, and veterans to our football home opener on Friday, September 13, 2019. 

The Wooster High School football team will be trading out our Blue and Yellow to wear camouflage this week, as a show of support for the men and women serving in our armed forces.  The Ohio Army National Guard is loaning the jerseys to the Generals, with 2019 being the inaugural year for the “National Guard Game of the Week” program. 

The jerseys are an extension of the “Operation Buckeye Guard” (OBG) program, which was initiated by the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association (OHSFCA). High school teams have partnered with the Ohio Army National Guard to support Military Appreciation Games through OBG since 2011. “We’re proud of our long-time partnership with the Ohio Army National Guard, and we’re excited about suiting up in camouflage this year,” said Jerry Cooke, immediate past president of OHSFCA. Putting a spotlight on them during one of our Friday night football games is a win-win for everybody.”

 “We are fortunate to have such great freedoms in this nation.  We consider it an honor to welcome those who have worked so hard to protect and serve us, both locally and around the world”, said Joe Rubino, Athletic Director at Wooster High School. “We are excited to celebrate their service by welcoming all active duty and veteran service members, police, fire, and other first responders not only at this event, but by also offering free admission to the game as our guests.” 

Festivities for the evening will include a pregame recognition ceremony and honorary coin toss which will include local and national service members, police, fire, first responders, and veterans. Kick-off is set for 7:00 pm Friday night, September 13, 2019.  

The Ohio Army National Guard is comprised of approximately 11,500 Citizen-Soldiers, and offers many benefits such as 100% college tuition, paid job training and affordable healthcare for part-time service. 


For additional information, contact: Joe Rubino, Athletic Director, Wooster High School 330.988.1111