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Chattanooga Times Free Press – June 26, 2011

published Sunday, June 26th, 2011

Locks surrendered during CFC win

CFC's Chris Ochieng controls the ball in midair during the match against Atlanta on Saturday. The Chattanooga Football Club played against the Atlanta Silverback Reserves at Finley Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Photo by Jake Daniels.
CFC’s Chris Ochieng controls the ball in midair during the match against Atlanta on Saturday. The Chattanooga Football Club played against the Atlanta Silverback Reserves at Finley Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The halftime entertainment at most Chattanooga Football Club games at Finley Stadium usually features a game or two on the field for some of the boys and girls in attendance to play.

On Saturday, during Chattanooga FC’s 2-1 win over the Atlanta Silverbacks Reserves, CFC’s Robbie Hill and Tom Webster got involved in the action. But instead of doing anything with a ball, the show involved the players’ hair and a pair of clippers.

Hill and Webster got buzz cuts, in front of the announced crowd of 1,653, to support the Jack’s Chattanoggins fundraiser for the Children’s Hospital Foundation at Erlanger, a project started by 12-year-old Jack Skowronnek of Signal Mountain.

Hill said he let his hair get a bit long to make Saturday’s show more dramatic.

“I was going to get it cut a few weeks ago, but I decided I’d wait,” the Englishman said with a smile. “I’m always happy to help out with charities and this was a great cause.”

Donations were accepted throughout the game and the main Jack’s Chattanoggins event is today at the Chattanooga Market in the First Tennessee Pavilion.

Hill’s teammate, reserve defender Thomas Clark, handled his clipping duties. Jack’s mother, Dawn, cut Webster’s hair. Despite being an Air Force Academy graduate, Clark said that was his first time with wielding the clippers.

After a scoreless first half, the action picked up dramatically in the second. In the 65th minute, CFC fullback Nick Odeny pushed forward and scored on a breakaway to put CFC up 1-0.

Five minutes later, Atlanta’s Aziz Izmour was tackled in the box by CFC’s Nick Chase, who had been pushed in the back moments before, and the referee awarded the Silverbacks a penalty kick. The score was tied soon after, but it was a penalty kick in the 89th minute that lifted CFC to a win.

Mark Beattie flipped the ball toward a defender who inadvertently touched the ball with his hands, giving CFC a chance to regain the lead. Forward Chris Ochieng sent the ball into the net for the victory, which kept CFC in first place in the National Premier Soccer League Southeast Conference standings with a 5-1-1 record in league play.

“I was nervous, but after the referee blew the whistle I calmed down and picked a spot and hit it,” Ochieng said.

Chattanooga FC visits the Georgia Revolution next Saturday before hosting the Under-20 team for CF Monterrey, in Mexico, on July 4.

Nooga.com – July 4, 2011

Event raises more than $17,000 to benefit pediatric cancer

• Published Monday, July 4th 2011

Jack Skowronnek before and after one side of his head was shaved. This is the third year he has shaved his head to support kids with cancer, and he says he never plans to stop.

More than 60 men and women showed up at the Chattanooga Market last Sunday to shave their heads in support of pediatric cancer patients.

Jack’s Chattanoggins, started by 12-year-old Jack Skowronnek, was sponsored by the Children’s Hospital Foundation and raised over $17,000 for the foundation. All of the proceeds will go to support children with cancer and help pay for their treatments.

“Having this be the first year we were doing this as a city-wide event, I really had no idea what to expect,” said Dawn Skowronnek, Jack’s mother. “I just remember when we started shaving- it was packed. It was standing room only, it was really incredible.”

Dawn said that after the event began, more than 30 walk-ups came because they had decided to donate and shave their head for the cause.

“Next year in my mind I’m going to call it a mega-shave,” Skowronnek said. “I want at least 100 people.”

As for Jack, he still plans to shave his head every year.

“I wanted people my age undergoing chemotherapy to realize that a shaved head isn’t a sign of weakness- it’s a sign of a fight,” Jack said. “It shows that people are alive and they are fighting.”

Jack began shaving his head three years ago to support kids with pediatric cancer after reading a book called “Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie.

This was his first year planning Jack’s Chattanoggins with his mother. He and his family had previously partnered with St. Baldricks to raise money for children with cancer.

Two brave “shavees” pose after getting their heads shaved. Contributed photo.

Shaving Heads at the Chattanooga Football Club

Chattanooga Football Club for Jack's Chattanoggins
Set up in the concourse ready for donations.

Several weeks prior to our June 26th shave event, we had the opportunity to address the Chattanooga Football Club to see if we could find some new recruits!  We’re always on the lookout for new heads to shave! The team was inspired by Jack’s story and several players volunteered to have their head shaved on behalf of Jack’s Chattanoggins. However, rather than shave at the market, we did it at a home game during half-time, the night before the shave. This was a unique turn of events.

And furthermore, they were willing to let Jack and me (aka Mom) have a go at it. As soon as the whistle blew at half-time we headed out to the field and had a few moments to address the fans about our fundraiser for pediatric cancer. Then, the buzzing of the clippers began and the hair started to fall. In just a few minutes we had two freshly buzzed CFC players, Robbie Hill and Tom Webster.

After the game, we wandered on field and many of the players were signing autographs and Jack brought his Chattanoggins poster down to be signed. We were approached by a brother and sister who wanted to thank us for what we were doing, they told us about the older brother they had lost to cancer.

My favorite part of the evening had to be when two lovely young ladies approached Jack to have their picture taken with him. Yeah, Jack!  Stay tuned for more photos!

Eat Wings, Raise Funds at Buffalo Wild Wings in Chattanooga 5/25

Jack is really excited about this one guys!  Eating wings to raise money!  What more could the child ask for?

 

Join Jack at Buffalo Wild Wings on Wednesday, May 25th from 6-8 pm and 10% of your bill will be donated to Jack’s Chattanoggins (benefiting the Children’s Hospital Foundation).  When you arrive at Buffalo Wild Wings, be sure to ask for a donation coupon – these are required in order for your purchase to count towards our event.

 

We will also have laptops ready to help you register to be a shavee for our event!  We are still in need of shavees/fundraisers for our shave event on JUNE 26th.  Don’t want to shave?  Don’t hesitate to refer those who you think may have what it takes to shed their hair to help make miracles happen for children with cancer. 

Please share our event with friends and family, the more wings eaten, the better!

Remember, EVERY bit helps us to great things for these kids!

  
Buffalo Wild Wings (Hixson location)
5744 Highway 153
Hixson, Tennessee 37343

Jack’s Chattanoggins – June 26, 2011

Book by Jordan Sonnenblick

My name is Jack and I’m an ordinary sixth-grader. I like playing basketball and lacrosse, and enjoy time on my computer and texting friends. I also enjoy reading; from Harry Potter to Rocket Boys to Diary of a Wimpy Kid. But one book inspired me in ways I never thought any book could. Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie, by Jordan Sonnenblick, is a story about a middle school boy whose younger brother is diagnosed with leukemia. The boy ends up shaving his head to make his younger brother feel better about losing his hair to chemotherapy. After reading this book, I wanted to show my support for kids with cancer by shaving my own head. I’ve done this two years in a row and have managed to raise over $5,000 to help fight childhood cancer. Now, I want to go bigger!

This year, my friends at the Children’s Hospital Foundation are helping me raise money for kids’ cancer treatment by hosting my head-shaving event. On Sunday, June 26th, 2011, at the Chattanooga Market (one of my favorite places), volunteers called “shavees” will shave their heads in support of kids who lose their hair during cancer treatment. These shavees will receive donations in their name from their friends and family, and, in then the donations, help fund life-saving pediatric cancer treatment. Believe it or not, people will give a lot of money to see you sacrifice your hair. Don’t worry, it grows back!

Some facts from my friends at Children’s Hospital

The Pediatric Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s Hospital is the only comprehensive oncology unit in the region with over 3,500 patient visits each year. This year alone, more than 50 Chattanooga area children will be diagnosed with cancer and over 95 percent of them will choose to stay Children’s Hospital to receive their treatment. Since the oncology doctors at Children’s Hospital follow the same cutting edge treatment protocols shared by other top children’s hospitals across the country, parents can be confident their children will receive the highest standard of care without having to leave their familiar social networks.

If you have been touched by a child with cancer, or, like me, have read about it, then you know they not only lose their hair but, sometimes, years from their childhood going through treatment. And, I hate to think of those kids that lose their lives altogether. But, together, we can support this important treatment and give children back their dreams.

To join me in the fun, or to learn more about Children’s Hospital Foundation, please visit www.jackschattanoggins.org or call Amanda Whitaker at Children’s Hospital at 423.778.8057. If you can’t participate as a shavee, then please think about volunteering, donating or just spreading the word. Thanks for your support. Together let’s help end kids’ cancer!

Just for fun, here are the bloopers from making the Welcome video for Jack’s Chattanoggins home page.