The annual Webster Tackles Cancer game will be Oct. 11, at 7 p.m. on Moss Field. It may be different than in the past because it will not be sponsored by the Scott Harris Oliphant Foundation this year.
Instead, Pep Club will collect donations at the entrance to the event. All donations will be given to the American Cancer Society. People who donate will receive pink ribbons to pin to their shirts and cards to write the name of someone they know who has battled or is battling cancer.
At some point in the game, everyone who has donated will be recognized. They will be asked to stand and hold their cards or the names on the cards will be read by the announcer.
“We want to take a minute to recognize everyone fighting,” Pep Club Sponsor and teacher Zach Smith said.
The SHO Foundation used to sponsor these games. This game raised money for local families battling cancer. Funds went to the Scott Harris Oliphant (SHO) Scholarship Fund. This scholarship goes to a Webster Groves High School student with a family member battling cancer. Oliphant died in 2004 of lung cancer, and the SHO Foundation was established in his honor.
The SHO Foundation was created to support families in Webster fighting cancer. It raises money for the families through community events to pay for many things including medicine, equipment, living expenses and treatment as well as the scholarship mentioned before.
The SHO foundation will not be sponsoring the game this year because the Oliphant’s do not currently have a child enrolled in Webster Groves High School.
At previous Webster Tackles Cancer games, Webster Groves cheerleaders have used pink poms and worn pink bows and glitter, and football players have had pink socks or wristbands. This year, the football team will have pink socks but no wristbands because they were provided by the SHO foundation.
Students feel this game is very important because “Webster Tackles Cancer game is a great way to raise money” to help people, Varsity Cheerleader and junior Mia Jacobsmeyer said.