Go Purple in all-Naperville battle Friday night

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Naperville Central center Nick Czarnowski will be one of the featured players in the annual Naperville North at Naperville Central DuPage Valley Conference rivalry at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Central. | Joe Cyganowski~For Sun-Times Media.

The combined J. Kyle Braid Leadership Clubs from Naperville North and Naperville Central will host a Purple Out at 7:30 p.m. Friday when the DVC crosstown rivals meet at Central. The theme is designed to raise awareness against bullying and harassment.

“The night will encourage students to help those that are being picked on, bullied, harassed, or just need to feel included within their schools,” Central JKB sponsor Barry Baldwin said. “This type of evening has never been done in Naperville where both schools wear the same color for a common cause within the schools.”

Organizers are planning on having spectators wear purple for the the game and will hand out purple bandanas before the game. During the week, JKB members have organized different themes at each school.

Monday and Tuesday: Handing out Lifesaver candy

Wednesday: Superhero day

Thursday: Neon day

Friday: Purple day

“This all revolves around (Be)3, which is an anti-harassment initiative,” North JKB sponsor Jeremy Whitt said. “The idea is to be the third person and if you see something happening, then you need to do something about it. Don’t be silent.”

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