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WHAT: Headquartered in Harrisburg, PA, PLEDGE IT is the nation’s leading sports fundraising platform, empowering teams and athletes to raise money based on their performance. Having worked with notable athletes in the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, MLS, and Olympics to support well-known charities, PLEDGE IT is now unveiling the “Touchdowns Against Cancer” program, created in partnership with MaxPreps and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® in support of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

This first-of-its-kind high school football program aims to unify teams across the country for a common cause: defeating childhood cancer. Varsity high school football teams can participate in this unique opportunity by launching PLEDGE IT fundraisers to support the kids at St. Jude. Fans can pledge a donation for every touchdown their team scores during the last three weeks in September.

WHEN: 9:30 a.m., Sept. 1

WHERE: Pennsylvania State Capitol, Main Rotunda 501 N 3rd St, Harrisburg, PA 17120

WHO: Sheri Collins, Deputy Secretary, Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED) Representative Jim Cox, member of the Pennsylvania House Cancer Caucus Ross Gibson, Ben Franklin Technology Partners Scott Shirley, CEO & Founder, PLEDGE IT Coaches and athletes from local high school football teams

WHY: In support of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, MaxPreps (a CBSi company) and PLEDGE IT (a Pennsylvania-based technology company that received initial startup funding through the Ben Franklin Technology Partners, a joint initiative between the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority) are joining forces to empower high school football teams across the country to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital through a new annual program, “Touchdowns Against Cancer.” This event will provide important details about this national program including how teams can join, how fans can find local campaigns to support, and how St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will use the funds to perform life saving research.

CONTACT: Scott Shirley, 814-360-4672 (cell)

NOTES: Please allow extra time for Capitol security. Refreshments will be provided after 10:30 a.m., at the offices of PLEDGE IT (200 Locust Street, 2nd Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17101)

Pennsylvania High Schools teams participating as of 12pm on 8/31/2016:

  • Salisbury Township (Allentown area)
  • Claysburg-Kimmel (Altoona-Johnstown area)
  • Moshannon Valley (Altoona-Johnstown area)
  • Camp Hill (Harrisburg area)
  • Mechancisburg (Harrisburg area)
  • Neshaminy (Philadelphia area)
  • Penn Wood (Philadelphia area)
  • Red Land (York area)
  • Central York (York area)