Updated: March 10, 2013 6:29AM
The 11th annual District 203/204 Shootout for Cancer, a charity hockey event featuring high school players from the two districts, is set for Friday, Feb. 8 at 8 p.m. at Seven Bridges Ice Arena, Woodridge.
The exhibition game features players from District 203’s Naperville North and Naperville Central pitted against District 204 players from Neuqua Valley and Waubonsie Valley, the Naper Valley Warriors girls hockey team and the Tomahawks.
Proceeds raised from the shootout activities go to the DuPage chapter of the American Cancer Society to help fund cancer research at Illinois medical centers and to provide support services for cancer patients. The fundraising goal for this year’s event is $10,000.
The idea for the event came from Brian Kenney, a 2003 Neuqua Valley graduate and All-State goalie. Kenney is a cancer survivor who wanted to give back to the American Cancer Society, which played a major role in his recovery. Since its inception ten years ago, this event has raised more than $200,000 to help fund the fight against cancer.
“It has been exciting to see so many players, parents, hockey fans, and organizations supporting our efforts,” said Annette Kenney, Brian’s mother and the event ‘s honorary chairman. “It is a ‘win-win’ night because it benefits so many people, particularly the local ACS chapter, which is the sole beneficiary of the proceeds.”
Also participating in the event will be The Tomahawks, a Chicago area team comprised of athletes who have special needs. The Tomahawks are supported by Chicago Blackhawk Charities and The Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois, (AHAI). After participating in the shootout, one Tomahawk player told his mom, “Mom, this is the best day of my life.”
Donations at the door or advance donations are gladly accepted and can be mailed to: Shootout for Cancer, 1129 Birkdale Ct., Naperville, IL. 60563. Checks should be made payable to: American Cancer Society or online at www.mainacsevents.org/goto/shootoutforcancerdist203.