Cheerleaders sell t-shirts in memory of Claire Davis

Money will help renovate the AHS library

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. - On a typical weekend you'll likely find the Thunder Ridge High School Grizzles rooting against the Arapahoe High School Warriors, but not anymore.  Since the shooting at Arapahoe High School, they've been rooting for them.

"People just really want to help out and get involved in any way we felt we could," said ThunderRidge High School's cheerleading coach Mandy Martinez.

Martinez said what started out as an idea to help shooting victim, Claire Davis, turned into a fundraiser in her memory.  The team has sold 2,800 Colorado Strong t-shirts for the Claire Davis Memorial Fund.

"The Arapahoe colors are perfect but the Colorado Strong kind of helped the entire state feel what Arapahoe's feeling," Martinez said.

"I love it, I think that's the perfect message," said Heather Riggs, a Monte Vista teacher who came to pick up her t-shirt.

The money Martinez said will go to help renovate Arapahoe High School's library, the place where the shooter took his own life.

The Littleton Public School District has said it plans to completely redo the library, which remains closed, but hasn't released details or a timeline.

"I think that's wonderful, exactly what needs to happen," Riggs said.

As the community continues to heal the past, the Grizzlies are looking at ways to offer support in the future.  Tragedy, after all, has a way of showing us, we really are all on the same team.

The t-shirts are no longer available but if you still need to pick up your "Colorado Strong" t-shirt order Martinez said they will hand them out at future games/

Print this article Back to Top