Rex Burkhead Hosts Team Jack Trifecta

Rex Burkhead Hosts Team Jack Trifecta

Monday, April 3, 2017

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Plano, Texas – When Rex Burkhead approached the Team Jack Foundation staff about a fundraising idea he had for his hometown, he laid out an ambitious agenda. He wanted to host a 5K. Then he wanted to have a football camp. And for good measure, he wanted to throw a 3-on-3 basketball tournament. Then, for the best part---he wanted to do it all on the same day. In the goal setting running back’s mind an event for the ages was born: The Team Jack Trifecta.

On Saturday, April 1st, the City of Plano, Texas was buzzing. At 8:00 a.m. sharp, over 150 runners participated in the 5K road race that was routed through the gorgeous Plano Senior High School campus. The race commenced with a Rex Burkhead whistle start. Runners were treated with water stations and Gatorade. The 5K was a top-shelf event in its own right. Volunteers were plentiful as the 5K was run, walked, jogged, and even strolled by many. When the dust settled on the event around 9:30, it was time to move on to Act II. 

The football camp began at 10:00 a.m. and went until noon. The camp was for kiddos ranging in ages from 6 to 14. With seven drill stations set-up and organized, it was a sight to see. Over 80 campers enjoyed being coached by the likes of Rex Burkhead (Patriots), Ameer Abdullah (Lions), Andy Dalton (Bengals), Eric Warfield (Chiefs), Jackson Jeffcoat (Redskins), Craig Dahl (Giants), Cedric Ogbuehi (Bengals), David Vobora (Rams), Richard Burkhead (Miami Dolphins), Kenny Watkins (ND Bison), Ryan Burkhead (Harvard University), Kris Lott (Stephen F. Austin), Carson Meger (UTEP), and several others. The Team Jack Foundation sends out a gigantic thank you to all of these superstars for giving up a Saturday morning away from their families to help introduce kids to some of the fundamentals of football.

One of the highlights of the camp was that the parents were able to line the outer walls of the indoor Plano High facility and watch with their kids being coached by football superstars. The enthusiasm was palpable. On a side note, one of the notable things about the camp was that two childhood cancer survivors were able to participate in the camp. Ian Ramsey, a kiddo who was going through maintenance chemotherapy (leukemia patient) and Jack Hoffman (brain tumor survivor) were able to participate in the camp events. 

Following the football camp, a fantastic lunch was served by Covino’s Pizza and Pasta, a local Plano favorite for Italian lovers, and Erbert & Gerbert’s, a local sandwich shop that serves a delicious deli menu. Thank you to both of these generous businesses for providing the participants with an incredible lunch, as well as to Raising Cane's for providing drinks. Thank you.

After lunch, the participants were introduced further to the Team Jack Foundation. A short video about the Foundation was shown along with a few comments from Team Jack Foundation co-founder Andy Hoffman and board member Rex Burkhead. Four different families that were involved in fighting childhood cancer were also introduced. One of these four families included a 14 year old boy by the name of Sim Scott. Sim is a brain tumor survivor. Sim shared his courageous story with the audience. A Plano native, Sim thanked the participants for supporting pediatric brain cancer research. Thank you Sim for being so brave and sharing your story. 

At 1 o’clock sharp it was time for some 3-on-3 basketball. This 17-team basketball tournament was the perfect capper to a perfect day. With some of the football camp coaches participating in the tournament, it was a battle to the very end. This competitive tournament gave young and old bodies alike a chance to show off their skills in the same beloved gym where so many memories were previously made. On this day, memories continued as they played for more than just bragging rights or victories. They played for a cure. 

In addition to the Trifecta of events, event organizers (The Burkhead Family) also choreographed a silent auction consisting of a couple pair of game worn cleats by Rex Burkhead, autographed swag, golf experiences and several other items. The auction portion raised nearly $7,000 for the Trifecta. A Team Jack merchandise table, which included a specially designed Plano Wildcats/Rex Burkhead t-shirt, essentially sold-out. These Plano Wildcats were ceaseless in their support of the cause that their native son helped launch. It was remarkable.

Plano, Texas is to Rex Burkhead what Atkinson, Nebraska is to Jack Hoffman. Home. But even more than that, it represents a community of people with a giant heart. On this day, Plano gave of their time, talent, and resources. The volunteers were cheerful all day long as they gave up their Saturday. They were relentless with their hospitality of their Nebraska guests. 

All said, the Team Jack Foundation was overwhelmed by the hospitality of the Burkhead Family and their community. Rex Burkhead brought much needed awareness for pediatric brain cancer to North Texas. We are so incredibly grateful to Rex and his wife Danielle. These two threw a top-flight event. One of our favorite themes coming out of this event was this: See you next year. Yes you will Plano. It would be an honor to have the Team Jack Foundation be a part of the 2nd Annual Team Jack Trifecta in 2018. Plano, Texas and Atkinson, Nebraska have a lot in common. Team Jack is forever indebted to both communities.

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