Getting sick isn’t any fun.
And when a disease or illness strikes children, the impact can be especially hard.
To help make the upcoming holidays at little cheerier for others, Genoa schools has undertaken a fundraising campaign that will benefit kids at the Toledo Children’s Hospital. The hospital caters to the needs of children and adolescents experiencing problems from orthopedic needs and burn care to spinal cord injuries.
T-shirts, ranging in prices from $12 to $17, are being sold throughout the school district until Oct. 1. Promotions have been distributed throughout the district buildings for weeks.
Once the orders are in, the pink shirts will be ordered and distributed to buyers who will wear them in a blazing tribute at the last Genoa Comets home football game Oct. 19 versus Rossford.
“We had a real good showing last year,” said Mike Thomas, Genoa’s athletic director who came up with the fundraising effort.
In the 2011 fall fundraiser, the district raised $3,000 which was donated to the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research. Spielman’s husband, Chris, an Ohio State University football star, put his professional football career on hold to care for his wife during her cancer treatment. She lost her battle in November 2009.
“We’re trying to push for the same results this year,” Thomas said.
Thomas devised the fundraising campaign as part of his curriculum for his sports management interns from Bowling Green State University. They help run the fundraiser and one of the two interns on staff designed the T-shirt, he explained.
A new intern in the spring will partner with the American Heart Association.
“It’s just something that I came up with to add to their program,” Thomas said.
The fundraiser ties the college students to the community in a way that regular book learning and classes cannot achieve. They are out there with the kids, they are teaching working for a common goal.
The t-shirt ordering officially ends Oct. 1. But Thomas says he may be able to take a few stragglers before placing the order. There’s not much leeway though because they want to have the shirts in hand for the Oct. 19 game.
Most of the orders are being taken within the schools. However, community members can order them by contacting the high school through the main school line 419-855-7741.