Chopticon (Morganza, Md.) raised $12,573 to top more than 440 other schools that participated in the second annual Touchdowns Against Cancer campaign to fight pediatric cancer.
The drive, in association with Pledge It and MaxPreps, raised $105,117 to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
During September — Pediatric Cancer Awareness month — teams accepted the challenge to pledge money for every touchdown it scored during a three-week span.
Chopticon scored 14 touchdowns during that stretch — two wins and one loss — but assistant coach Mike Gallo said reaching the end zone and scoring more points than the opposition were byproducts to bigger lessons.
“We preach to our players all the time to be pillars of your community,” Gallo said. “Our motto is brotherhood and take care of others. There’s much more to the game than playing football. We want our guys to feel something special; To be part of something bigger and be leaders.”
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