SPARTA, NJ – The Milkbowl tradition of "kids helping kids" will continue this year. on Freedom Field in Station Park. On August 24 the Sparta Spartan Youth Football and Cheerleading teams will kickoff the season with fundraiser games dedicated to Devon Carbery.
Devon, wife of Sparta Police Officer Adam Carbery lost her fight with cancer earlier this year. The Milkbowl t-shirts will have a dedication to her on the left sleeve. The front will say “Sparta Proud” as a tribute to the town and to the Sparta Police Department, according to Karen Killen, communications director for the program.
Throughout the season the boys football helmets will have a sticker dedicated to Devon Carbery as well.
More than a dozen other towns are anticipated to participate, each town making a donation. Proceeds from the sale of the t-shirts will also go to the fund.
The morning games, from 8:20 until 11 a.m. will feature fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grade teams. The younger teams; first, second, third and fourth grades will play from noon until 2:30 p.m.
“It is a day of scrimmages, football and fun,” Killen said. “The format allows all of our tackle players and cheerleaders to be involved.”
New Sparta businesses Pizza One and Jersey Mikes, soon to open in North Village, along with orthodontist Dr. Harte and Dunkin Donuts have signed on to be Gold Sponsors of the Milkbowl. Banners from more than 20 businesses supporting the program will be hung at the field this week.