For the boys of fall, the gridiron is home to hopes and dreams. When playing the game to the fullest, other concerns can fade for a specific duration of time. When a family faces the battle of cancer, those few precious moments of normalcy can make the difficult times more bearable. This football season several NFL players are pledging their support to Camp Kesem.
Camp Kesem is a charity that brings a moment of normalcy to children whose parents are battling cancer. During the summer, these children can attend special camps around the nation, specifically for kids who have parents suffering from cancer. These camps are a way for kids to feel and act normal. Putting aside the awful disease that affects their families, Camp Kesem is a week where kids can just be kids.
Endorsed by the NFL Players Association as part of the One Team, One Community initiative, Scoring For Good is a program of Camp Kesem where professional athletes show their support of children impacted by a parent’s cancer by visiting camps, generating awareness, and dedicating their on-field performance to providing the organization’s services to an even larger population of children. During the 2014-2015 NFL season, four professional players are pledging their support to Camp Kesem through the Scoring for Good Program.
These players are:
- EJ Manuel, Quarterback for the Buffalo Bills (@ejmanuel3), has generously pledged to donate $500 for every touchdown he scores this season. Manuel’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012. He first found Camp Kesem at the start of the 2013 NFL season and supported the cause via social media and with this video.
- Tyler Polumbus, Offensive Tackle for the Washington Redskins (@Tyler_Polumbus), whose foundation, Tyler’s Kids Outreach enriches the lives of children through family, faith and personal growth, has pledged to continue to support Camp Kesem and its new program in Colorado.
- Glover Quin, Safety for the Detroit Lions (@GloverQuin27), has pledged to donate $500 for every interception he tallies this season.
- Anthony Castonzo, Offensive Tackle for the Indianapolis Colts (@AnthonyCastonzo), has pledged his first appearance this season to Camp Kesem and will send one more child, currently on Camp Kesem’s long wait list, to camp this August.
Manuel, Polumbus, Quin and Castonzo united together today to announce their involvement in Scoring For Good and their dedication to Camp Kesem this season via their social media channels. Camp Kesem hopes to welcome new players to the Scoring For Good program throughout the 2014 NFL season.
“I’m excited to support Camp Kesem and Scoring For Good,” said Manuel. “Their work has made an impact on my life and I’m honored to help kids who, just like me, have had cancer impact a parent. I'm dedicated to joining Camp Kesem for a second year and I hope that my fellow athletes will join us to make an immediate difference in the world.”
Even the avid football fan can partake in the Scoring for Good programming with the Scoring for Good mobile app. Available free on both iTunes and Google Play, players can put their quarterback skills to the test. Unlike other football apps, this app gets players into the action. Instead of flicking footballs, players mimic a real throwing motion.
The app allows users to test their quarterback skills on the football field against their friends and Scoring For Good’s athletes. With the app’s innovative technology, users replicate the motion of throwing a football by using the device as the ball and seeing how far they can “throw” passes down the field. Users can sign in through Facebook to compete against friends and purchase extra yards and boosters. The Scoring For Good app helps promote Camp Kesem's Scoring for Good program and its players.
“Camp Kesem is honored to have such support from our players and the NFL community. By sharing their personal stories (and our Camp Kesem mission), our Scoring for Good players will further advance and elevate the programs that Camp Kesem provides to a population of children who are often over-looked, “ said Jane Saccaro, CEO of Camp Kesem.
Camp Kesem currently has over 4,000 children registered for camp this summer, with more than 300 still on the waitlist for this camp season. It costs Camp Kesem $1,000 to provide one year of services to a child affected by a parent’s cancer, and $500 to send a child to camp for one all-expenses paid week during the summer.
Contributions made by this year’s athletes will help Camp Kesem serve more children. Scoring For Good athletes will make an immediate and significant impact on the lives of children who have been impacted by their parent’s cancer.