HHS sophomore Jameson Wharton is known for his speed on the football field. Now, he is known for his big heart, too.
Each year, Jameson organizes a flag football game to raise money to fight cancer. This year’s game was Oct. 20 and generated $2,047.
“All of the money goes to the American Cancer Society,” he told The Ville News recently.
The ACS funds and conducts research, promotes prevention, and supports patients with the disease, according to the organization’s website.
Known to friends as “Jamo,” Jameson started the fundraiser when he was only 10 years old. He was living in Atlanta at the time, and his aunt had died of cancer.
Her death had such an effect on him that he decided he would do all he could to help end cancer.
His solution was “Football for the Cure,” a flag football game with each participant paying $5.
The project has taken off since it began six years ago. Several dozen people participate, including many of his HHS classmates and teammates.
“There are three age groups,” Jameson explained, “7 to 9, 10 to 13, and 14 to 18. So, there are three different tournaments going on.”
The event is so successful that The Tennessean newspaper did a big spread on it last month with photos and text. The Board of Education will recognize Jameson at its meeting Nov. 19.
“This is a great example of the wonderful students we have at HHS,” Principal Bob Cotter said of the super sophomore.
Story by Lilian Woodward, Miranda Heatherly and Robyn Sherrill