Football games between rival schools can become intense. But during the tonight’s eighth-grade football game between Big Walnut Middle School and Olentangy Berkshire Middle School, no matter what the final score, both teams will go home winners.
Last year the two schools joined forces to hold a “Tackle Cancer” eighth-grade football game at Big Walnut Middle School, and a similar seventh-grade game at Olentangy Berkshire. With this year’s repeat, Big Walnut Middle School Principal Penny Sturtevant said it looks like a tradition is forming.
Big Walnut Middle School football games kick off at 5:30 p.m., but Sturtevant encouraged Golden Eagle supporters to arrive early.
“We have Pink Out apparel for sale,” Sturtevant said. “During the game halftime, we will hold a celebration of cancer survivors and those currently battling with cancer.”
The Tackle Cancer eighth-grade football game will benefit the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure to fight breast cancer.
“I think this really shows what our community is all about,” Sturtevant said. “This will be a day of great competition on the football field, and also a day for two rival schools to join together for caring and sharing.”
Can’t be there but still want to contribute? Donations to the effort can be dropped off at, or mailed to, Big Walnut Middle School. Make checks payable to the Big Walnut Middle School Boosters; on the check’s memo line, note “Cancer Awareness Fund.”
Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093