The young cancer patient who captured hearts around the world with a viral video of his touchdown run with the Huskers football team during a practice game in 2013 will sample a new sport this weekend.
Jack Hoffman will be guest of honor at the Tri-City Storm hockey game in Kearney tomorrow night. Storm spokesman Jared Shafran says it will be an honor to welcome Jack and his family.
“He’s only 11 and he’s unfortunately been going through pediatric cancer and it’s something he’s working towards beating,” Shafran says. “Jack was diagnosed about four years ago and he and his family started the Team Jack Foundation and they raise money for pediatric cancer research.”
It will be Jack’s first hockey game and he’ll be at center ice to drop the first puck to start play. Shafran says the team will be wearing special jerseys for the game.
“They’re going to have the Team Jack Foundation logo,” Shafran says. “We’re just going to wear the jerseys for one game. They’ll be auctioned off in a silent auction and all the money we raise from that auction will go to the Team Jack Foundation for research.”
Team Jack has already raised more than $1.1-million for pediatric brain cancer research.
By Brent Wiethorn, KKPR, Kearney