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Football Players Spend Day At St. Jude Following Touchdowns Against Cancer Campaign

Building character through service to others is a major part of the Lausanne way, and our students strive to illustrate these qualities on a regular basis.

Senior football players Isaac Weiss ’19 and Eric Gray ’19 showcased these characteristics when they decided to dedicate their seasons to raising money for the Touchdown Against Cancer campaign that benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. By opening up accounts on Pledge It, a free sports fundraising platform, the two seniors were able to raise $18,032 for the children’s hospital.

Lausanne ended up raising the most money out of all the teams across the country that participated, and the seniors on the football team were invited to spend a morning with representatives from MaxPreps, CBS Sports and Pledge It, touring St. Jude’s Target Houses and attending a check and trophy presentation ceremony. 

“St Jude is a special place and I am glad our seniors had the opportunity to tour parts of the facility,” said head coach Kevin Locastro. “Isaac and Eric did a great job raising money for an incredible cause. I am very proud of them and the entire Lausanne family that supported Touchdowns Against Cancer. The financial support given to the St. Jude staff allows them to give free care to their patients and families. It’s an honor to be a part of helping such an outstanding institution.”

During the ceremony, the senior-athletes were presented a check for $125,726 that will be donated to St. Jude and they also got to help bag Halloween candy for the patients at the hospital.

“The St. Jude experience was amazing,” said defensive coordinator Chris Jordan. “The facilities are beautiful and the people of St. Jude are wonderful. Learning about Danny Thomas’ vision and seeing the evidence that it has come to fruition is incredible. One of the most impactful things to me is that the patients get the best treatment at no cost. I love the fact that St. Jude takes the financial burden off of the families.  I’m so proud of what our guys have done to help contribute to such a special place. It’s truly a blessing!”