A father, a mother, a sister, a brother, a childhood friend. For the fifth consecutive year, the SIH Foundation and Saluki Athletics will team up for something very special: the Salukis Black Out Cancer football game on Saturday, September 17.
What started with former Saluki football stand-out Mike McElroy’s vision to engage his teammates “in something bigger than themselves,” has since grown in size and significance, as members of the football Salukis don black Under Armour® jerseys bearing the name of someone impacted by cancer on game day. Over the years, businesses, schools and communities have rallied together to bid on a jersey for a particular namesake.
From bidding on a Black Out Cancer jersey to purchasing commemorative t-shirts and attending the Salukis Black Out Cancer football game, SIH employees, southern Illinoisans and Southern Illinois University alums have sent a clear message that while cancer affects all of us at some point in our lives, we will do our part to battle the disease on our own turf. Proceeds from the Black Out Cancer jersey bids and a percentage of t-shirt sales directly benefit the SIH Cancer Institute.
To get a sense and feel for the impact this game has on the young men who wear these jerseys and the friends, family and community that unite around them, visit www.salukisblackoutcancer.com. Jersey bidding is now underway on this official website until 8:00 pm on Monday, September 5.
Here’s a “flashback” to the 2013 Salukis Black Out Cancer football game, featuring the players and the families with the namesake jerseys in honor of loved ones battling or lost to the disease: