The Green Bay Packers, along with the NFL and NBC 26, will team up to “Tackle Cancer” on Friday, Oct. 7, when Menasha hosts West De Pere in the High School Showdown Game of the Week.
Part of October’s National Breast Cancer Awareness (BCA) month and the annual effort to spread awareness, the “Tackle Cancer” event will offer high school athletes, students, parents and friends the opportunity to participate in the breast cancer awareness effort.
The game, which begins at 7 p.m., is a matchup between two formidable, undefeated local high school teams, the Menasha Bluejays (7-0) and the West De Pere Phantoms (7-0).
Game attendees will have the opportunity to interact with Packers players Micah Hyde, Jayrone Elliott, and Chris Banjo, who will throw autographed pink foam footballs into the crowd at the end of the first quarter.
The game itself will feature several pink elements on the field, including equipment, similar to NFL games throughout October. Fans can purchase pink rally towels for $5 and pink long sleeve shirts for $10, and can participate in bucket raffles for the chance to win autographed Packers items. The money raised will benefit the American Cancer Society.
The game will air on My NEW 32, in partnership with NBC 26, with pregame beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The Packers are participating in the game through the support of the NFL’s Breast Cancer Awareness Team Program Grant, offered to encourage broadened partnerships between NFL teams and non-profit organizations in their markets that support breast cancer awareness.
The NFL’s national breast cancer awareness campaign, A Crucial Catch, is underway as well with players and coaches from every team wearing pink. The campaign continues throughout the month, and was featured at the Packers’ Sunday night, Oct. 9, game against the New York Giants.
A Crucial Catch is currently in its eighth year and has raised more than $15 million for the American Cancer Society, with the majority of the donation coming from the sale of pink team apparel, which will be available again this year at the Packers Pro Shop and online at www.packersproshop.com. In addition, game-worn pink merchandise and footballs will be autographed and auctioned at NFL Auction (www.nfl.com/auction) to support the cause.