Local team to score 'Touchdowns Against Cancer'

Morganza, MD- The Chopticon High School football team is looking to score big on and off the field this fall. For the second year, the team is pushing to raise money for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital as part of the Touchdowns Against Cancer campaign.

High School football teams across America are working to raise funds during the month of September for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Touchdowns Against Cancer is a national program created in partnership between MaxPreps, Pledge It and St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

Assistant Coach, Michael Gallo, Science Teacher at Margaret Brent Middle School, is leading the fundraising efforts. “We raised about $2,700 last year and it looks like we’re going to easily surpass that this year.” Currently, the Braves are leading the fundraising efforts among 176 schools across the country with $239 already pledged per touchdown. Last year, the team scored 11 touchdowns during the month of September.

“The community is stepping up to support this and the players are really getting involved,” Gallo noted. Last year, the team finished in the top ten fundraisers across the United States.

Head coach, Tony Lisanti, has been teaching at Chopticon High School for 28 years. He said he has been a longtime supporter of St. Jude’s. “I think it’s a great charity and it’s nice to be able to help out those in need.”

Lisanti said his team is hosting several fundraisers to help add to the donations. The team recently raised $700 through a T -shirt sale. “Football is about the community and giving back to the community.”

Gallo said the team is looking good this season, “We just had our first scrimmage and we came out injury-free. Come out and support us—it’s for a good cause.”

The first game is Saturday, Sept. 2 at 1 p.m. against Oxon Hill at Chopticon. Chopticon High School is located at 25390 Colton Point Rd, Morganza.

You can visit Touchdowns Against Cancer to make a pledge.

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