FARGO – Tonight the prep football season enters Week 4 and I’ll be at Sid Cichy Stadium covering the Class 2A, East Region matchup between Fargo Shanley and Grafton.
The Deacons and Spoliers both are 2-1 overall and 1-0 in region play.
The game also officially kicks off a weekend of events organized to help fundraising efforts for Fargo Shanley activities director Randy Nelson.
Nelson, who has been the AD at Shanley since 2007, is battling small cell carcinoma cancer and has already gone several treatments of chemotherapy.
Game officials at tonight’s game will be using pink whistles and Superintendent of Fargo Catholic Schools Michael Smith also said other festivities to support Nelson will be conducted throughout the contest.
Nelson is well known not only in the Shanley and Fargo-Moorhead communities, but also throughout the state of North Dakota and surrounding regions. Support for Nelson has not been in short supply and he has remained active at the school working a reduced schedule.
I wrote a feature story last month on Nelson that detailed his fight with cancer and the enormous amount well wishes, prayers and support he has received since the diagnosis.
A Pulled Pork Feed, raffle and silent auction is being held 3-7 p.m. Sunday at Scheels Arena. Free will donations will be accepted at the door and proceeds from the event will go to Nelson’s family to help cover the cost of medical care, equipment and other expenses.
Online Donations are also being accepted. Here is that information:
To make an online gift go to: www.dakmed.org/lendahand. Click ‘Donate’ and give to the fund benefiting Randy Nelson.
Area sports officials in all sports including football, softball, baseball, basketball, volleyball and soccer have collected funds for Nelson and that sum will be presented at the game tonight.