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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (KSDK) – The Illinois High School Association Semifinal Football Playoff game between Washington High School and Sacred Heart Griffin high School will be broadcast statewide and streamed free online to promote tornado relief efforts.
The game begins at 1 p.m. at Sacred Heart Griffin in Springfield. Viewers can watch it on Comcast SportsNet Chicago, Springfield's WCIX, and WAOE & WYZZ in Peoria. It will be streamed through the Illinois High School Association's website.
Fans are encouraged to tweet about the game using the hashtag #TeamIL.
"This started as an idea to find a location to show the game for the fans in Washington who won't be able to make it to Springfield," said PlayOn! Sports President Tim Eichorst. "As we reached out to folks at the various local television stations and CSN Chicago, we found tremendous support and a desire to do something more. It really materialized from there into an event that is bigger than a football game, one that everyone involved hopes will have an impact on those affected around the state. Each partner has made a significant contribution to pull this together so quickly and we thank them for the support in making this unprecedented broadcast happen."
Washington, Ill. was hit by an EF4 tornado Sunday, which killed one person and destroyed 1,000 homes. Another tornado hit the town of New Minden, killing two people.
"The goal now is provide awareness and relief to all of the affected areas throughout the state," said IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman. "This storm left a path of destruction from Nashville in southern Illinois to Washington to Coal City and beyond. Washington is an incredibly compelling story, given that they are still playing in the playoffs and suffered so much damage from the storm. We hope to use that attention to not only help Washington, but also all of the other Illinois communities who are reeling from this tragedy."
The IHSA will also donate $1 for each ticket sold to the game to the American Red Cross for relief efforts.