Webster Tackles Cancer game supports local families

Sean Mullins
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Senior Riley Emmenegger (32) pursues sophomore Kam Yancey (22) during the Webster Tackles Football game on Oct. 13. Webster lost the game 26-20. Photo by Greg Frazier

Scott Harris Oliphant Foundation held its fifth annual Webster Tackles Cancer event at Moss Field on Oct. 13, to raise money for Webster families affected by cancer.

The SHO Foundation was created when Scott Harris Oliphant passed away in 2004 after battling cancer. His brother, Todd Oliphant, started the foundation in his memory, and since then, the foundation has raised over $500,000 for families dealing with cancer. His daughter, junior Ellie Oliphant, supports the foundation at WGHS by organizing events, starting fundraisers, and raising awareness.

“In the next year or so that I’m here, I’m going to try and get the high school as involved as possible,” Ellie Oliphant said.

The foundation began Webster Tackles Cancer to help families in Webster Groves. Webster Tackles Cancer is a football game in which every player wears pink in support of cancer research. During each year’s game, the crowd donates money to a Webster family dealing with cancer.

This year, the game raised money for Stacey Hill, a Hixson math teacher who recently completed treatments for invasive ductal breast cancer.

Every year, the foundation sells shirts at the game to raise more money for families. This year’s shirts were designed by junior Eavan O’Neil.

In addition to the family supported by the game, the SHO Foundation also gives a scholarship to a senior whose family is dealing with cancer.

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