History of ‘Tackle Cancer’ football

Around 15 years ago the first tackle cancer game was played. Randy Shaver was diagnosed with cancer in 1989 and five years later started Tackle Cancer, a program designed to raise money for cancer awareness and research.

Not many know the history of Tackle Cancer football. For over 33 years, Randy Shaver has been covering high school football and has done a pretty good job doing it. It was not until a little later into his career that he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

A few years later he started advocating and speaking on behalf of cancer research and had a thought that maybe high school football can be more than just high school football.

Tackle Cancer has been going on for 15 years and has also helped raise around six million dollars for cancer research. Over 140 different schools from around Minnesota participate and designate one game in their season to wear pink and receive donations for cancer research. Sartell has its own Tackle Cancer game this Friday, October 12. Almost everyone is touched by some form cancer in some way.

It is important that we all help in some way whether it is donating, volunteering, or just making people more aware. Randy Shaver has many events to help raise money for cancer research. If you are interested click here