BRUNSWICK, Ohio - Few colors are more closely associated with a community than blue is in Brunswick, home of the Brunswick High School Blue Devils.
"Blue means sad but it also means help," said high school student Jessica Cunningham. "Maybe we won't have to deal with as many tragedies someday but if we do we know how to come together and overcome adversity."
It's a sentiment not just heard and learned by Jessica and her friends but experienced and lived. Blue was everywhere in this community two years ago following the tragic accident in which four high school students were killed on the eve of Brunswick's graduation.
"When all the tragedies of different high school students for instance happened it's been a sad mournful time and so this is a time to bring everyone back together to celebrate the lives lost," said Patrick Meidenbauer.
Patrick and Jessica are just two of a group of Brunswick teens behind a weekend effort to celebrate this Medina County community's pride in its blue while remembering the other teens they've lost in recent years.
Here to support the fam at BHS!! Sunday, May 18th 3:30 Join Brunswick to raise money & set the record for longest line of people in blue!!— Kyrie Irving (@KyrieIrving) May 8, 2014
The weekend events kick off Friday when Brunswick residents are encouraged to wear blue followed by business promotions in town to promote blue pride then on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. the event they've been working on for a while.
"We're trying to set a world record down 303 for the longest line of people wearing blue shirts," said Meidenbauer. Those taking part are asked to meet at the city's Rec Center where they can register and get in line.
“It’s going to be a big day of solidarity for the community trying to build bonds and basically it’s to remember all the young lives lost in Brunswick over the past few years,” he said.
They hope to encourage 5,000 people to join in their record breaking effort while also raising money for Make-A-Wish and Blue Pride. “For anyone who doesn’t know what that is they deal with tragedies in the Brunswick community,” Meidenbauer said.
“The community is just strengthened by events like this and after everything that’s happened the past few years I think this is just a good event to bring everyone together again to celebrate the lives.”
The teens were aided in their effort by Cleveland Cavaliers star Kyrie Irving who stopped by last week to offer his support and tweeted out to his 1.3 million followers to get involved.
“I think it was pretty neat,” Meidenbauer said. “He signed some posters, he signed a few jerseys and basketballs that will be auctioned off Sunday.”
Those looking to take part in Sunday’s event are asked to car pool.
Brunswick High School!! I love you all. Thank you for letting me be part of your great community!!! Truly inspiring. pic.twitter.com/UTOaQQG6Xq— Kyrie Irving (@KyrieIrving) May 8, 2014