Fairfield hosts inaugural Green Out Friday night

It?s been said that you should, ?Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.? -Shannon L. Alder

Friday night, Trojan girls? assistant basketball coach Meredith Flattery wants to continue to carve her cousin?s name onto the hearts of others when she helps host the first annual ?Green Out.?

The purpose is to ?raise awareness of organ donation, what it is and how it helps our state,? said Flattery when recently sharing the details for their big night.

Meredith?s aunt just hosted the seventh annual version of the event in Durant which was also inspired by the tragic death of Flattery?s 16-year-old cousin back in 2010. Flattery explained that, ?What is healing throughout it all, is knowing she helped save the lives of 80 people through organ donation.?

Friday night?s SEC doubleheader versus Mt. Pleasant will be geared towards bringing awareness to organ donation and everyone is encouraged to wear any shade of green to show their support for the cause.

The night is being sponsored by Iowa State Bank, and the Iowa Organ Donor Network will be on hand as well to share information and sign people up. There will be a 15 minute presentation between games where Meredith will tell her cousin?s story, followed by facts read by FHS students and Frosty Van Voorst who was an organ donor to his younger brother.

Flattery added that this is, ?a great thing to bring to our community using the avenue of a basketball game to reach a large audience.?

If you want to purchase an official ?Green Out? t-shirt, they are available at Fairfield Glove and if you show you are an organ donor on your license at the game, you will be entered to win a $50 Visa gift card.

Flattery also wants to remind people that this is a fun basketball game and a positive event.

?This is not to be a sad and emotional night. No different than Coaches vs. Cancer, it can bring some sad memories but it?s a positive thing and you can do something to help someone else?s life,? she said.