Shorewood - For more than two decades, Shorewood High School has rallied the community for a common cause.
The annual Shorewood Games, a competition held every four years that raises money for the Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer, kicks off at 10:45 a.m. Friday with a 40-minute assembly at the High School, 1701 E. Capitol Drive.
Executive Director of MAAC John Cary will give a presentation. That night, there will be a pasta dinner at 6 p.m. at the high school Youth Center.
As part of the games, students, as well as community members, will take part in a variety of competitions and activities, ranging from raffle ticket sales to a Ms. Shorewood pageant and numerous lunchtime contests over the course of two weeks.
So far, $135,000 has been raised for MACC; the hope is to raise $15,000 this year.
In recent years, 'Buzz Cuts for Cancer' has become one of the most popular events. Students and staff members raise pledges in exchange for a promise that they will get a buzz cuts. Even female students participate in the event, despite prom being held shortly after the Games end.
For each event the student participates in, their class earns points. The class with the most points at the end of the two-week competition earns gold medal T-shirts.
'The event really raises a lot of school spirit and is the talk among students on campus,' said physical education teacher Lisa Bromley, who serves as staff adviser for the games. 'The games are entirely student driven and organized, but would not be possible without the support of our community members and our strong partnership with John Cary and the MACC Fund.'
The closing ceremonies will be held March 22.
WHAT: Shorewood Games Opening Ceremonies
WHEN: 10:45 a.m. March 8
WHERE: Shorewood High School, 1702 E. Capitol Drive