Romain Stadium goes white. Two Evansville schools come together in honor of a student who passed away this week, by wearing the neutral color on both sides of the field. The Warriors took on the Castle Knights, but it's what happened off the field that is so special. It's all in honor of sixteen year old Harrison High School student, Vanessa Rash, who died suddenly of a brain aneurism this week. Both sides wore the same color, both sides coming together.
Under the Friday night lights two rivals take each other on, the Castle Knights and the Harrison Warriors. Knight's fans usually in their blue and white, and Warrior fans wear their black and red, but at this game everyone is wearing the same color, white. "It's great to see everyone come together. It's really nice to know that everyone cares," says Darian Tinner. Harrison High School students, Tinner and Jeremiah Patton, say the two schools decided to come together. They are honoring the loss of sixteen year old Harrison junior, Vanessa Rash, who died suddenly this week of a brain aneurism. "She was friends with everybody, you couldn't not be friends with Vanessa," says Patton. Remembering their friend, and feeling the support on the other side of the field has helped the students heal. "I think she would be really happy that people are coming together for her," adds Patton.
"Vanessa was the sweetest, silliest thing you ever saw. She always brought a smile to everyone's face," says Jamie Keith. Her daughter was a close friend of Vanessa. "She was just getting ready and fell. It was so sudden. It wasn't something that we knew about. There were no signs. It was very scary to know this could happen over night," says Keith. She says they didn't get the chance to say goodbye, but then her daughter and some friends came up with the idea for t-shirts. Keith says it's was a way to help with their loss. "She loved Captain America. The main thing for the top part of the t-shirt was supposed to be like the Captain America shield," says Keith. In a sea of white you can't tell who is a Warrior or a Knight, instead it's the color of sportsmanship at it's finest.
Keith says around twenty-five hundred dollars were raised from the t-shirt sales, and those proceeds will go to the family of Vanessa Rash.