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East Ridge football: Raptors to hold ‘Tackle Cancer’ game Friday

At this Friday’s football game, East Ridge will be looking to take down more than one opponent. 

In addition to hoping to beat Cretin-Derham Hall, East Ridge is also looking to tackle cancer.

In a partnership with the Randy Shaver Cancer Research and Community Fund, East Ridge has made Friday’s home game its “Tackle Cancer” night.

Fellow District 833 schools Park and Woodbury will also host a “Tackle Cancer” game on Friday, Oct. 11.

Fans attending the games can make donations toward funding additional cancer research.

On Tuesday and Thursday this week, members of the East Ridge coaching staff will be giving away lime green bracelets to those who donate $5 or more. Those bracelets will also be available to the public at the game on Friday.

For Friday’s game, East Ridge coaches will wear lime green polo shirts in honor of non-Hodgkin lymphomas awareness and players will be allowed to implement lime green into their uniform in some way.

East Ridge is hoping to double what it made last year with the event, when it collected $1,035.85.

For the past 30 years, Randy Shaver has covered Minnesota high school football for KARE 11 TV. He and his wife Roseann Giovanatto-Shaver are both cancer survivors. The Shavers’ foundation has raised more than $4 million in the battle against cancer to date.

Giovanatto-Shaver said the idea of the Tackle Cancer initiative came to fruition after Minnetonka High School football coach Dave Nelson was diagnosed with cancer. Shortly thereafter, Nelson and the Shavers brainstormed and the Tackle Cancer campaign was borne.

With assistance from the Minnesota Football Coaches Association (MFCA), over 130 Minnesota High School football teams chose to take part in the fundraiser last year, raising over $120,000 for Minnesota’s cancer community. For more information on the Tackle Cancer campaign visit

Patrick Johnson
Patrick Johnson has been the South Washington County Bulletin’s sports editor since 2008. He reports on and oversees coverage of high school and amateur sports in south Washington County and Woodbury. Prior to joining the Bulletin, Johnson worked for other Twin Cities suburban newspapers. He is a University of Minnesota graduate.
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