Gray assembles charity football game

ARLINGTON — Arlington High School senior Max Gray is assembling a charity game of flash football and a barbecue at his high school on Friday, April 4 starting at 11 a.m.

The event will take place at Arlington High School in support of Jovon "Jojo" Mangual, a 13-year-old Haller Middle School seventh-grader who went missing during the Oso mudslide on March 22, along with his four other family members.

The donations will go to Mangual's mother, Jonielle Spillers.

Gray coached Mangual over the summer and remembered the Mangual's competitive nature, along with his love for football.

"He was the smallest kid on the team, but he had the biggest heart," Gray said. "He would go up against anyone."

Mangual loved football and would have most likely played it more when he got older, so Gray thought setting up a flash football game in his honor would be a chance to support the community affected by the Oso mudslide.

Flash football is a form of two-hand touch football, except players can shuttle the ball forward, backward and laterally with three downs.

Gray said the game can be played by all ages.

Be sure to wear the number 10 on your body in recognition of Jovon.

For more information and how you can donate, visit the event's Facebook page at

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