Trinity-Pawling student Garrett Backus ’23

On the Saturday of Parents’ Weekend, October 15, 2022, the Trinity-Pawling Pride hosted the Kent School Lions in a special charity football game under the lights on Coratti Field. Garrett Backus ’23 organized the event as part of his Senior Independent Project with a goal to raise money for pediatric brain cancer research. His inspiration? His classmate and close friend, Matt Dooley ’23.

The night was a moving display of respect, compassion, and sportsmanship as the teams and fans honored the lives of Matt Dooley and Owen Trivell, both beloved members of our two school communities who recently lost their valiant battles with cancer.

All proceeds from the event’s t-shirt and concession stand sales — over $5,000! — have been donated to pediatric brain cancer research, a cause close to our hearts at Trinity-Pawling.

“As a friend of Matt, I was honored to spread awareness and raise money for pediatric brain cancer, while also honoring our dear friends Matt and Owen,” shared Backus. “In the future, I hope the student bodies at both schools will continue to honor their legacies.”

Trinity-Pawling is more than a school — we are a family. Thank you to everyone, near and far, who supported this special event. No one ever fights alone.

by Emma Quigley