Photos by Nicole Flint / For Franklin Home Page
Hundreds of volunteers came together Saturday to unload over 12,000 pounds of pumpkins, which ultimately will help kids with cancer.
Ten hours after playing a hard-fought game on the gridiron, members of the Centennial High School football team helped unload over 12,000 pounds of pumpkins on Saturday morning, Oct. 5.
The Cooper Trooper Pumpkin Patch, located at the corner of Mallory Lane and Cool Springs Boulevard, is an initiative of the Cooper Trooper Foundation, which supports families of children diagnosed with pediatric cancers. The foundation is named for Cooper Cook, who was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer when he was just eight weeks old. Proceeds from purchases benefit families with pediatric cancers.
Cooper was on hand to watch and help the football players, who were joined by rugby players, baseball players, JROTC members from not only Centennial but Ravenwood and Summit high schools too. Joining them were friends, family and foundation volunteers.
When asked why his players were helping to unload the two trailer trucks full of pumpkins, CHS Head Coach Brian Rector said, eWe are here today to understand the value of working for an important cause. Working to unload these trucks and set up the pumpkin patch is another opportunity to learn about the importance of teamwork and to fulfill our teames mission of CCC: Courage, Commitment, and Character.”
The large team of volunteers unloaded the two trucks in two hours. In past years, using fewer volunteers, it took eight hours to unload the trucks.
When asked why he got out of bed early on a Saturday morning to volunteer, Centennial Junior Davonte Walker said eCancer is a hard struggle. Ieve experienced it in my own family, and want to help other families in need.e
The Cooper Trooper Pumpkin Patch will be open through October. For more information on the foundation, click here.