‘Purple Night’ is Friday


February 2, 2017 - 12:00 AM

LE ROY — Southern Coffey County High School’s second annual “Purple Night,” dedicated to raising money for both Alzheimer’s disease awareness and the school’s athletic department is set for Friday.
Starting with the junior varsity games at 4 p.m., Freeman and other individuals will be selling raffle tickets, one ticket for $1 or six tickets for $5, for a variety of prizes. Including umbrellas, T-shirts and a blanket.
Spearheading the event once again is Jennifer Freeman, whose father, Bill Freeman, is one of the state’s legendary high school coaching figures.
Freeman, who died in 2015 after a yearslong battle with Alzheimer’s, coached three different teams to Kansas high school football state championships: one in Le Roy, two in Osawatomie and five at Lawrence. His track teams also won state titles in 1989 and 1900.
“Purple Night was set up by me last year to not only honor my dad, coach Bill Freeman, and his memory, but to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s,” Jennifer Freeman told the Emporia Gazette. “He coached for 35 years in Kansas, he beat prostate cancer, a quadruple heart bypass — but he didn’t beat the battle with Alzheimer’s. So we’re looking to bring awareness, but also raise money so that someday we can hopefully find a cure.
A Facebook page for the event can be found at “Paint the stands purple to help bring awareness to Alzheimer’s. In loving memory of Coach Bill Freeman.”

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