Jamez Chenault will have a little extra motivation when he takes the field against Lafayette.
So will plenty of other Indians.
Madison Central will honor cancer patients, victims and survivors in a special “Tackle for the Cure” game today at the school. Players will be wearing pink jerseys, many of which will have the names of family members and friends on the back.
Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.
“It’s been almost five years since she passed,” Chenault said of his mother, who died of breast cancer. “So, we’ve got a little more to play for.”
The game does has important postseason implications for both teams. The winner will take over first place in the district standings.
Still, there is deeper meaning.
“We are playing for that person (whose name is on the back of our jersey) and that means more than a district championship,” said Central’s Dalton Gross, whose grandfather was a cancer victim.
The event will feature a balloon luminary at halftime in which balloons with the names of cancer patients, survivors or victims will be released. Also cancer patients and survivors will be honored during an on-field ceremony.
“Everyone has been affected (by cancer),” said Central’s Jon Floyd, whose mother is a cancer survivor. “It’s just great that we get to pay tribute to those people. It’s just a great opportunity to show them respect.”
The Central athletic department will donate $1 from each paid admission to the American Cancer Society. A special program will also be available featuring the names of cancer victims, survivors and patients and also proceeds from that publication will be also be donated.
Also, special “Tackle for the Cure” t-shirt will be available.
“I did (an event this when I was at) Perry Central,” Central coach Bert Browne said. “It’s just a good thing. It helps the kids realize how many lives cancer affects.”
Chick-fill-A and other vendors will be at the event. Activities for all ages will also be available, including face painting.
“We need everyone to come out and support it and I think it’s going to be something to see,” Browne said. “It’s going to be a special night.”