TC Patriot Game

TC Patriot Game 2022

Plans Underway for 12th Annual TC Patriot Game 

Game day scheduled for Friday, October 20, 2023

Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS) is pleased to announce the 12th Annual TC Patriot Game is currently scheduled for Friday, October 20, 2023.

Student Senators from Traverse City Central High School and Traverse City West Senior High School are planning to carry on the long-standing tradition of honoring Veterans, active duty military, and first responders through the TC Patriot Game. 

Additional information will be posted as soon as it becomes available.

The TC Patriot Game is bigger than football

Take the biggest cross-town high school football rivalry in northern Michigan, add an event that honors active duty military, Veterans, first responders, and those from northern Michigan who recently died serving their country – and you have a game that attracts over 10,000 enthusiastic fans.

The TC Patriot Game invites active duty military, Veterans and first responders onto the field in a pre-game ceremony that honors their service and sacrifice. The names of those who have been killed in action are solemnly read aloud. 

This game began as a way to teach students and the community that men and women from northern Michigan are making a sacrifice every day to protect the freedoms that we enjoy.

Through the sale of commemorative t-shirts, students help to raise money to support a Veteran organization that works in northern Michigan. Student Senators from both schools (Traverse City Central High School and Traverse City West Senior High School) select one area Veteran group that will receive the proceeds. The group selected for the 2022 Patriot Game is External LinkMid-Michigan Honor Flight.

Active duty military, Veterans and first responders can attend the game for free. 

The TC Patriot Game – honoring northern Michigan heroes.

Past Recipients

The annual TC Patriot Game has raised thousands of dollars for area Veterans groups including:

2022 Mid-Michigan Honor Flight - $7,500

2021 Reining Liberty Ranch - $10,760

2020 Celebrate Service  - No Fundraising due to COVID-19

2019 Veterans In Crisis - $24,000

2018 Warrior Sailing - $16,000

2017 22–2-None - $13,000

2016 Veteran To Veteran – $15,000

2015 Dogs in Honor - $10,000

2014 Reining Liberty Ranch - $5,000

2013 Grand Traverse Horses - 4 Heroes at Reining Liberty Ranch $13,000

2012 Operation American Soldier $9,000