Above / The “Wes Spencer” Crosstown Classic, Naperville Central High School versus Naperville North High School, will be held Oct. 6, 2017, at Benedetti-Werhli Stadium on the campus of North Central College.
On Fri. Oct. 6, Naperville Central High School and Naperville North High School will match up for the “Wes Spencer” Cross Town Classic Football at North Central College. In addition to competing on the field, the two rivals also will challenge each other in the Blackout for Easter Seals.
Through friendly competition among fans in the stands, the goal of the Blackout is to raise money for Easter Seals DuPage & Fox Valley.
Similar to Penn State’s “whiteout” and U of I’s “Orange Crush,” the Blackout encourages as many fans as possible to purchase black T-shirts to show their support of Easter Seals and their team, organizers said. All of the proceeds from the T-shirt sales go toward Easter Seals DuPage & Fox Valley’s mission to enable infants, children and adults with disabilities to achieve their maximum independence and to provide support for the families who love and care for them.
Since the Blackout for Easter Seals program started back in 2010, District 203 students have raised over $55,000 for Easter Seals.
Jonathan Goers Adapted Bike Program
New this year, three Naperville area children will receive an adapted bike as part of the Jonathan Goers Adapted Bike Program before the varsity football game. This program was established to share Jonathan’s joy of biking with children who have developmental delays and/or disabilities and may not otherwise have the opportunity to ride or own a bicycle. The program will provide the child with an adapted bicycle free of charge.
“This generous gift will allow us to share Jonathan Goer’s love of bike riding with the children of Easter Seals DuPage & Fox Valley,” said Theresa Forthofer, President & CEO of Easter Seals DuPage & Fox Valley. These adaptive bikes will help many children enjoy the independence of mobility and take part in a fun activity with friends and family. As a parent with special needs children, I know the impact bike riding has on a child’s development. A child’s first bike enriches their health and social development to grow alongside their peers.”
Thanks, Naperville North, Naperville Central & All Supporters
Easter Seals DuPage & Fox Valley would like to thank Naperville North and Naperville Central High Schools for their support along with Jersey Mike’s, and Naperville Booster Club. Additional thanks to Ambrose Plumbing, Naperville Trolley, Sylvan Learning, Three Phase Construction, Chevrolet of Naperville, and Universal Construction for their support along with the generosity of the Naperville community.
Easter Seals DuPage & Fox Valley since 1952
The mission of Easter Seals DuPage & Fox Valley is to enable infants, children and adults with disabilities to achieve their maximum independence and to provide support for the families who love and care for them. Founded in 1952, Easter Seals DuPage & Fox Valley is one of the largest and most highly regarded pediatric outpatient rehabilitation centers in the Nation serving nearly 3,200 infants, children, and adults with therapy and audiology services each year. Key services include: physical, occupational, speech-language, nutrition and assistive technology therapies and audiology services for all ages. Additional services include social services, community outreach programs, specialty clinics and The Lily Garden, an inclusive childcare center. Support children and adults with disabilities at www.EasterSealsDFVR.org. For the latest news, like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EasterSealsDFVR.
Story submitted by Erin Skaggs for Easter Seals DuPage & Fox Valley.
Editor’s note for individuals planning to attend the Cross Town Classic
According to School District 203, when the Redhawks and Huskies face off at the annual Naperville Central vs Naperville North “Wes Spencer” Cross Town Classic Football game, backpacks will not be allowed to be carried into Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium at North Central College.
The price of tickets is $7 for adults and $5 for students K-12th grade. High School students must have school I.D. card.
Game times are 5PM for the Sophomore Game and 7:30PM for the Varsity Game. Gates will open at 4:30PM. No early access to the the stadium will be permitted prior to 4:30PM.