The victory against Rosa Fort was a win for the Lynx, but also for St. Jude.
Seniors Isaac Weiss '19 and Eric Gray '19 both dedicated their seasons to raising money for the research hospital. They opened up accounts on Pledge It, a free sports fundraising platform that helps teams and athletes raise money for non-profits based on their performance.
"Cancer has touched all of our lives in some way, and I want to make each point that I score count toward something bigger than a win," explains Isaac. "St. Jude is an incredible, world-class institution in Memphis that treats families with the latest cancer therapies regardless of their ability to pay."
Both seniors are doing it as part of their "CAS" project, part of Lausanne's International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. A two-year undertaking, CAS stands for Creativity, Activity and Service, and through CAS, students practice and reflect on their interests and their potential contributions to the communities to which they belong.
"For the CAS project, you try to find an area that you can use your talents to help others," says Eric. "When Isaac told me about Pledge It, I knew it was a way that I could use my love of football to benefit the awesome work happening at St. Jude."
Both seniors have set goals to raise $10,000, and supporters can make one-time donations or pledge a gift for every score.
Isaac, the starting kicker on the team, asks for supporters to make a gift to St. Jude for every point he kicks through the uprights. Isaac is expected to make 65 points this season as he makes extra points and field goals for the Lynx. You can make your pledge to help Isaac here.
Eric, the team's main running back, asks for a donation to be made for every touchdown he scores. He's predicting to score 50 touchdowns this season, breaking the record he set last year when he made 49 touchdowns and set a Shelby County single-season record. If Eric scores 31 rushing touchdowns this season, he'll hold the Tennessee record for most total rushing touchdowns by a single player (the record is currently 114). Click here to make your pledge to help Eric reach his goal.