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Football program targets cancer awareness

West jersey auction supports foundation

POSTED: September 28, 2012 12:30 a.m.

West Forsyth High School football players will be sporting new jerseys tonight when they take the field against Centennial.

In an effort to boost breast cancer awareness, the jersey lettering will be in pink, as will players’ shoelaces, said Virginia Phillips, the mother of a West player who organized the awareness night.

A breast cancer survivor, Phillips said it’s something the school’s booster club wanted to make a priority.

“There are four moms on the football team alone that have been affected with breast cancer in the last two years,” she said.

The game will feature an auction for the players’ jerseys to help raise funds for local families affected by cancer.

“We’re starting a foundation at the school to help children that may be faced with cancer,” Phillips said. “This way we have a fund and we’re actually proactive instead of reactive and we will be doing this every year going forward.”

In addition to the auction, there will be a short postgame ceremony, during which Phillips will share with the crowd the impact of cancer. Also, the school’s oratorical contest winner will talk about hope.

“It’s more about awareness, but we’re also raising money,” Phillips said of the effort. “We’re really focusing on the auctioning off of the jerseys. [People] get to purchase them off the children’s backs.”


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