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Bison football players and coaches participate in Gallaudet's Relay for Life

Bison football players and coaches participate in Gallaudet's Relay for Life

WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University football team got involved in another community service event on Friday, April 12, when 20 players and coaches of the team participated in the Relay for Life event held on campus. Each year, more than four million people come together across 20 countries to participate in Relay for Life to raise funds and awareness to save lives from cancer.

The idea to participate and raise money came from junior running back Mike Hantge (Hutchinson, Minn.).

"We feel as a team we can and want to do more in the community. Participating in Relay for Life was a wonderful experience," said Hantge. "Being able to participate in events with my teammates outside of football gives us the ability to grow as men and as a team."

Hantge's grandmother passed away a few weeks ago after a courageous battle with breast cancer. Relay for Life really is an important event for him and it hit home for some other members of the team as well.

The event raised a total of $4,343 with $1,410 coming from the football program. The top two fundraisers on the football team were sophomore linebacker Nico Santiago (Moorestown, N.J.) who raised $765 and Hantge who raised $350.

Hantge was able to raise his portion by reaching out to friends and family through Facebook and email. The Relay for Life website makes it easy to post links to a donation page, so it was easy for Hantge to reach out and ask for donations.

"I would like to offer a special thank you to everyone who helped in putting on Relay for Life. I hope to see everyone next year," said Hantge.

More information about Relay for Life can be found at