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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Prep Football: Bulldogs planning special tribute

  • Harrisburg will wear special jerseys against West Frankfort
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  • It goes without saying that Harrisburg football has done a lot for the community over the years with continued success.
    Now, the Bulldogs are looking to do even more.
    On Sept. 20 when the Bulldogs host West Frankfort at Taylor Field, Harrisburg will wear special jerseys in the game, honoring those that have either battled cancer and won or lost their lives to the uncontrolled disease.
    The jerseys themselves can be sponsored by someone who has fought cancer and survived or by a family member who has lost a loved one.
    The Bulldogs will wear purple jerseys with pink numbers and pink lettering and for those who sponsor a jersey, that name will go on the back.
    Harrisburg head coach Jason Roper said that while the color pink is usually paying homage to breast cancer, this particular event is for those who have lost anyone battling any kind of cancer.
    "We have 104 kids in our football program, we're going to dress all 104 next week against West Frankfort, giving people in the community the opportunity to purchase a jersey honoring someone who has fought cancer and won or lost a battle to cancer," Roper said.
    The cost of sponsoring a jersey is $50 and the deadline for sponsoring will be Friday.
    Those interested in doing so can bring money or a check made out to "HHS Football" to the high school athletic office. Those interested can also search out Brenda Winter or Jay Thompson at Friday night's home game against Marion.
    "It's our intent to have the jerseys by Thursday, where we will pass them out to players," Roper said. "They will then wear the jersey to school on Friday. After the game, we will announce the names of those who fought cancer and won or battled and lost. A jersey exchange will be held after the game, where they will announce the person's name and the player will give the jersey to a family member of the victim or who won their battle with cancer."

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