Tackle Cancer Football Game


Lauren Holm, News Editor

It’s that time of year again!  This Thursday, EHS is hosting the annual Eagan tackle cancer football game. Although it is fun to dress up in a pink outfit and watch the game with your friends, the tradition of a tackle cancer football game has a deeper meaning behind it.  Tackle cancer football games have been a staple at Minnesota high schools for about a decade in Minnesota, showing support for those who are fighting cancer and donating proceeds to the Randy Shaver Cancer Research and Community Funds office. 

Now you might be wondering, how much of an impact does this game make on funds for cancer research?  Coach Nick Johnson has some information and his thoughts to share about the subject.  “I think the Tackle Cancer game is a really cool way to raise money to fight cancer.” He states.  “Tackle Cancer has raised over $2,000,000 dollars to support Minnesota’s cancer community since 2012. Last year we raised over $360,000 between all the schools in the state.”   He also explains that “The Minnesota Football Coaches Association (MFCA) joined up with Randy Shaver from KARE 11 a few years ago to try and take this to the next level. We are raising money for something that affects many people and I am proud that we can help with that.”

Another way that you can help support the fight against cancer through school that is less known is through the high schools against cancer club.  The district wide club is not meeting currently as there is no teacher advisor, but in the future, the club might start up again and continue its work, showing support for people in the community fighting it through cancer related community service.

While this might seem like many people are helping cancer research, we can always help donate to the cause and provide service.  If you want to help, I encourage you to go to the pink out game or join high schools against cancer when it is up and running!