Blue Day marks turf unveiling

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes For Danielle Bethell, president of the McNary High School Athletic Booster Club (MABC), McNary’s new artificial turf field is less about sports and more about the individual students who will end up using it. “Every kid that puts effort into one of the groups using the field puts something on the line for someone else to see, and we need to be there to support them through that,” Bethell said. Whether those students are on sports teams, in the band, or part of the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps is secondary to her idea of what the new field represents. On Saturday, Aug. 22, Bethell is challenging other Keizerites to attend the annual Blue Day celebration and BBQ at the school and support McNary students. “It’s about rallying the community and I want people to come out and watch the kids and engage them,” she said. In addition to a planned dedication ceremony for the school’s new artificial turf field at noon, scrimmages by McNary area football teams, the high school soccer and lacrosse teams as well as demonstrations by the band and color guard are slated. The fun kicks off at 10 a.m. and is expected to wrap up by 2 p.m. A community BBQ will feature a hamburger or hot dog, chips, salad, dessert and water or lemonade...

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