TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — In honor of the 7th annual Tackle Childhood Cancer Campaign, this year’s event will be held during a soccer game between two local high schools.
While several schools, organizations, and teams across the state are hitting the field to show their support, this year, the event will take place at the South Vermillion High School vs. Terre Haute North High School varsity soccer game on Monday, August 28 as Kicking Out Childhood Cancer night.
The two soccer teams have worked together to sell t-shirts and are working to raise additional funds through a Miracle Minute to be held during the matches.
All the money raised during the event will go towards the PS We Love You Fund at Riley Hospital for Children, started in memory of Patrick Barrett, a 2014 Terre Haute North graduate who later passed away in March 2016 after battling cancer. Patrick’s interest in sports and his efforts to help other children fighting cancer blended to create the Tackle Childhood Cancer Campaign.
Patrick’s parents Molly and Greg Barrett are once again challenging participating schools to a donation goal of $100,000 during the month of September which would amount to each school raising $1,000 each. As an additional connection, the Indiana High School Football Coaches’ Association as well as colleges, high schools, and middle and elementary schools across the state are supporting the effort as Greg is the head football coach at South Vermillion High School.
Schools that are participating have done many things to raise funds for the benefit including selling t-shirts, holding Miracle Minute blitzes, and other targeted fundraising. The schools kicking off this year’s campaign include:
- Terre Haute North and South Vermillion Soccer (8/28 at THN)
- Indiana State University (8/31)
- Terre Haute North Football (9/1)
- Monrovia High School (9/1)
- Sullivan High School (9/1)
To view the full Tackle Childhood Cancer schedule, or to learn more, visit the PS We Love You Fund webpage.