Rockets to hold football benefit scrimmage in Mentor April 5

April 4, 2013 | Events, UToday
By Paul Helgren

The University of Toledo football team will play an intra-squad scrimmage game at Mentor High School Friday, April 5, at 6 p.m.

Ben Pike and Ashlee Barrett posed for a photo after a 2012 game.

Ben Pike and Ashlee Barrett posed for a photo after a 2012 game.

The game will be a benefit for former UT women’s basketball player Ashlee Barrett, who is battling leukemia.

The theme for the game is “Faith Not Fear,” which has been Barrett’s motto as she has battled the disease over the past year. She is engaged to former Rocket football player Ben Pike, who attended Mentor High School.

“Ashlee’s courage throughout her ordeal has been an inspiration for our football team,” said UT Head Football Coach Matt Campbell. “We want to do anything we can to help her and Ben, so moving the practice to Ben’s high school seemed like a great idea. It will be a very special practice for our team. Ashlee has been in all our thoughts and prayers a lot lately, but will be even more so on Friday.”

Admission to the scrimmage is free, but donations for Barrett will be accepted at the game.

Mentor High School is located at 6477 Center St. in Mentor, Ohio. It is located about 25 miles east of Cleveland, about a two-hour-and-15-minute drive from Toledo.

Donations for Barrett also may be dropped off or mailed to:

Fifth Third Bank
Ashlee Barrett Fund/Northeast Ohio
9875 Johnnycake Ridge Road
Mentor, OH 44060

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