That’s the designation placed upon Friday night’s first football game back on Hilton Head Island, with free admission to the Seahawks’ game against R.B. Stall and a drive to stock the shelves of those still suffering from the destruction of Hurricane Matthew.
Though no one will be turned away, “Seahawk Strong Night” attendees are asked to bring canned or other nonperishable goods to the stadium, to be donated to Hilton Head Island’s own Deep Well Project. Fans also can make monetary donations on site.
“All the efforts will remain local,” said Seahawks athletics director Joe Monmonier. “Deep Well is a local organization that’s going to keep everything here. We want everything to stay around here in our school community.”
Kickoff for Hilton Head Island’s first contest since September is 7:30 p.m. The Seahawks’ stadium holds in excess of 7,000, Monmonier said, noting that he’s never seen it completely full — even for the Bridge Bowl rivalry against Bluffton.
“This is twofold for us,” Monmonier said. “We thought it would be a great opportunity for people to have fellowship and come back as a community. And it’s also an opportunity to give to a worthwhile cause.”
The Seahawks (4-2) have themselves turned over some of their practice time to go out in various communities and help with cleanup efforts. They held their first full practice Tuesday.
“We want the community to come together and just take their minds off things for two or three hours,” coach B.J. Payne said. “We just want to try to, I guess you could say, ease the burden. Whether it’s from cleanup or whatever, take those two or three hours and bring your family to the game.”