Austin and Clements High School Football Teams Donate Breast Cancer Shirts


The Stephen F. Austin High School football team with Maria Socci.

The Stephen F. Austin High School football team with Maria Socci.

Two Fort Bend ISD high school football squads recently made generous donations to the Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s breast cancer patients. Football athletes from Clements High School and Stephen F. Austin High School donated a number of post-mastectomy, pocketed shirts. The shirts are specially designed for the unique needs of women who have undergone a mastectomy and will be given to patients over the next year.

“All of us at the Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital admire the selflessness, generosity and kindness that these young men have demonstrated through their donation,” said Maria Socci, breast care navigator. “Their donation will enable us to provide these special shirts to our patients free of charge as a show of support from the community for their fight against breast cancer.”

The Clements High School football team with Maria Socci.

The Clements High School football team with Maria Socci.

Clements Head Coach Keith Knowles began the effort three years ago, when his team captains wanted to use a portion of the money they raised to buy post-mastectomy shirts rather than more football equipment. “I always try and teach our players the importance of giving back to the community,” said Knowles. “We are fortunate to have a great deal of support, and this is one way we can pass it along. I am amazed every day at the character and quality of our young men.”

Austin Head Coach Dan Schreiber said he was impressed when his team captains suggested they use some of their funding for the post-mastectomy shirts. “The players’ willingness to make a donation like this demonstrates a great deal of maturity and compassion,” he said. “These young men recognize that fighting cancer is a difficult task, and they wanted to do their part to make it a little bit easier for women fighting breast cancer in our community.”

For more information, call 281-242-PINK (7465) or visit houstonmethodist.org/sugarland.


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