The Tascosa Rebels go gold Friday night at their homecoming game at Dick Bivins Stadium to bring awareness to childhood cancer.
Cancer in kids is rare, but more than 15,000 kids are diagnosed with some kind of cancer each year. According to the National Cancer Institute, almost 2,000 of those kids will die this year from their illnesses.The Tascosa Rebels don’t like those numbers, so they’re doing something to change it.
Amarillo I.S.D has strict rules on making changes to the uniform. They made a special exception for tonight’s game, after senior, right guard Gabe Hutching’s special request to put a for a gold ribbon sticker on their helmets.
Gabe first asked Football Booster Club President, Levi Knebusch, about adding the gold ribbon sticker. Knebusch sent Gabe to Coach Plunk who immediately said yes.
“Yeah it sends a big message to tell them that we are not just a football team ready to win games or lose them or whatever, it’s that we are here for a cause and we want to help,” said Gabe Hutching, Tascosa Right Guard.
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. It’s an issue many players hold close to their heart.
Gabe said he was diagnosed with leukemia when he was seven. Offensive Lineman, Britton Knebusch’s sister, Madison, died from cancer when she was 16.
The ribbons were paid for by the MTK Foundation which was founded in Madison Knebusch’s honor.
Gabe said next year they want the rebels to wear the ribbons throughout the entire month of September. And then in the future, they’ll try to get all the schools to go gold for childhood cancer.