Megan Bieganski ‘18, Leanna Harris ‘18 & Macy Manchester ‘18: Celebrating the 8th annual Watchdog Football Game at Barnabo Field on September 30th, the varsity football team honors the victims and survivors of cancer. The Romeo Bulldogs take on the Grosse Pointe South Blue Devils. The Watchdog Game began as Romeo Football Players playing in honor of someone affected by cancer. The funds raised went to breast cancer research, in hope of finding a cure. Donating over $340,000 the last seven years, the Romeo community is continuing the tradition this year. The idea soon began to spread to all forms of cancer research. The Romeo Community donates to the cause by buying the Watchdog t-shirt and going to the game. The Football Players each have to raise $250 in order to receive their unique jersey. This year, every player is playing in recognition of someone and dedicating their game to those affected.
“I’m choosing to coach for Bill and Jane,” Coach Jason Couch said. “A good friend of mine had asked if I could represent his aunt and uncle.”
“This year I am playing for my cousin who has Leukemia,” Bryan Carie, ‘17 said. “I want to help her fight her battle by honoring her at the game.”
“I’m playing for my Grandma Sue,” Beneditto Bono, ‘18 said. “She battled cancer, beat cancer and is now in remission.”
“I’m playing to celebrate my Grandpa Wood who has won the battle of cancer twice,” Ronald Wood, ‘18 said. He has battled Leukemia, skin cancer and prostate cancer.”
“This year I am choosing to play for my Aunt,” Jared Czapski, ‘18 said. “She had breast cancer and I want to honor her for my grandma,”
“I’m playing in honor of my Grandma Flo,” Joel Smith, ‘17 said. “She was a huge impact on me as a kid and she really meant alot to me.”
“I’m going to play for my Great Aunt,” Tyler Sienkiewicz, ‘18 said. “Playing for her really means a lot to my Grandfather.”
“I’m playing for my Aunt Chris,”John Verellen, ‘18 said. She’s an inspiration to me because she battled cancer as a single parent with two kids.”
“My Uncle Jess loved playing football so I want to play in his honor in a way he would appreciate,” Daniel Jones, ‘18 said.
“I’m honoring my Grandpa Butcher because even though I was young when he died I know he loved me very much and cared for me so I want to represent him,” Jackson Butcher, ‘17 said.
“I am playing for my mom, she survived cancer and is such an inspiration to me,” Edward Dopkowski, ‘17 said.
“I’m playing in honor of my favorite uncle, Uncle Rick,” Bowen Brunner, ‘18 said. “He passed away of Brain Cancer and I want to play to remember him as a fun guy.”
You can support by being a positive part of the experience and purchasing a t-shirt that will get you free admission into the game. After the game, you can join the players on the field for our traditional forming of the cancer ribbon. We encourage you to come out and enjoy the game!