As expected, Friday’s game will be the third Red Bandana game honoring fallen hero and Boston College graduate Welles Crowther. For those who are unaware, Crowther was in the Twin Towers when the 9/11 attacks occurred and rushed back into the building to save people who needed help. He did this repeatedly until the towers collapsed, the survivors remember his red bandana that he wore to protect himself from the smoke.
To honor Crowther, his parents will be in attendance (confirmed on Addazio’s radio show last night), the players will be wearing red bandana uniforms, similar to the ones they wore last year against Florida State, and against USC in 2014.
Also as part of the ceremony, the Welles Crowther Trust along with BC will present their second Red Bandana Hero Award to Chris Baity
“To commemorate Welles’ intrepid actions and the 15th anniversary of September 11th, AHC and The Huffington Post are proud to present this year’s award to OEF/OIF combat veteran Marine Corps Dog Trainer and Kennel Master Christopher Baity, founder and executive director of Semper K9 Assistance Dogs. Baity will be honored at the annual, nationally-televised Red Bandanna Game featuring Boston College (BC) against Clemson University in Boston on Friday, October 7th. The Red Bandanna Game was created in memory of Welles, a proud BC alum who played on the school’s lacrosse team, sporting a red bandanna under his helmet each practice and game.
“It is a great honor to present the RED BANDANNA HERO AWARD to Chris for his remarkable work with Semper K9 and our Armed Forces,” said Kevin Bennett, general manager, American Heroes Channel. “Chris is a true champion for the veteran community, selflessly giving his time, energy, and military dog training skills to helping service members and their families thrive in the civilian world.”
Based in Virginia, the mission of Semper K9 is to enhance the quality of life for wounded, critically-ill, and injured members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families by providing them with specially trained assistance dogs. Baity personally trains donated and rescued dogs from local shelters, providing service dogs for psychiatric alert and mobility challenges to wounded veterans—completely free of charge.
As the 2016 RED BANDANNA HERO AWARD recipient, Baity will receive a $10,000 donation to the charity of his choosing, and a trip for two to attend the Red Bandanna Game. In addition, AHC created a custom “Hero Moment” vignette about Baity and his work with Semper K9, which will air on the network and online at AHCTV.com beginning Sunday, September 11th.
The winner of the inaugural RED BANDANNA HERO AWARD was Minneapolis firefighter, Jake LaFerriere. LaFerriere founded Firefighters for Healing after meeting several children in the burn unit while he was recovering from injuries received battling a house fire. The mission of Firefighters for Healing is to support burn survivors and their families in ways insurance companies and caretakers are unable to. For more information about Firefighters for Healing, visit https://firefightersforhealing.org.
The incredible story of Welles Crowther is captured in ESPN national correspondent Tom Rinaldi’s new book, The Red Bandanna, which is available for purchase now wherever books are sold. “
You can check out Chris’s entire story in the video below
This is sure to be an emotional game, so make sure to wear your red bandana as we honor a man who gave the ultimate sacrifice, and that stood for the ideals of our school, and to Chris who continues to honor the legacy of Welles Crowther.