An October night at Trojan Coliseum held much more than a football game on Friday when Portsmouth hosted the Jackson Ironmen.
A fundraiser for ovarian cancer research, inspired by 2001 Portsmouth High School alum and PHS Athletics Hall of Famer Courtney Clifford, raised more than $5,000, thanks to a commitment from both the Jackson and Portsmouth communities.
The opposing stands and sidelines were highlighted with teal T-shirts; more than 1,000 were sold in the fundraising effort, as fans
and coaches alike showed
their support for ovarian
Clifford, the daughter of Trojan head football coach Curt Clifford, was unable to attend the game but expressed her thanks to all those who donated and bought T-shirts for the cause through a message read by announcer Skip Hickman.
Theyre sending $5,000 to ovarian cancer research, Curt Clifford said. I cannot thank people, especially Shane Rhea and Tiffany Newsome (enough) ... Im just speechless at the outpouring and caring and the love theyve shown my family.
The slogan of the event, written on the back of the shirts, was Tough times dont last, tough people do.