CARBONDALE — This year’s Black Out Cancer game will be Sept. 28 at Saluki Stadium, SIU and Southern Illinois Healthcare announced Monday.
The Salukis take on Youngstown State at 6 p.m. in this year’s event. The third annual Black Out Cancer game will, again, allow fans to bid to place the name of a loved one affected by cancer on the back of one of 80 special black Under Armour jerseys SIU will wear against the Penguins. The game-worn jerseys will be given to successful bidders after the game. All funds raised from the auction will go toward SIH’s plans to build a $19.9 million regional cancer center west of John A. Logan College in Carterville along Illinois 13.
“This community, through Saluki Way, made a significant investment in Saluki Athletics,” SIU athletic director Mario Moccia said in a news release. “This is one more way that we can repay that investment that the community made.”
The game is also part of Family Weekend at SIU. It is also the Salukis’ Missouri Valley Football Conference opener after they play Illinois, Eastern Illinois, Charleston (W.Va.) and Southeast Missouri State. The game against the Redhawks will be at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.
Saluki Athletics and SIH are entering the second year of a three-year agreement to sponsor the game. The partnership with SIH also includes the Saluki volleyball team’s Dig for the Cure, women’s basketball’s Pink Out game and softball’s Strikeout Cancer game.
To bid on a jersey, visit www.salukisblackoutcancer.com. Bidding will end at 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16.
Last year’s game raised more than $45,000. In two years, the event has raised more than $170,000 toward fighting cancer in the region.
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