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Women’s football to help fight cancer

Published: Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

STERLING – Sterling’s first Touchdowns for Ta-Ta’s women’s flag football tournament will start at 1 p.m. Saturday on Sterling Chevrolet Field at Roscoe Eades Stadium, 1608 Fourth Ave.

The competition will raise funds to help those affected by breast cancer. Melissa Ryan, one of the organizers, said that 100 percent of the proceeds will be used locally. Money will be donated to Home of Hope Cancer Wellness center, CGH Health Foundation, and Hospice of the Rock River Valley.

“Our goal was $5,000,” Ryan said. “We’ve already raised $20,000.”

Donations will be accepted at the gate. A total of eight teams will compete with players 21 and older. Teams include football mothers from Dixon, Newman Central Catholic High School, and Rock Falls, two groups of Sterling football mothers, Team Jess, Sterling Schools, and CGH Medical Center.

An after-tournament pink party will take place at Cochran’s Pub, 13464 Galt Road.

A group of 10 vendors will share information and services. Ryan said that Karma Salon of Rock Falls will do pink mohawks and pink locks, and sell pink headbands. A 50/50 raffle will be drawn, with tickets for $1 each or $10 for an arm length. T-shirts will be sold; adult sizes are $10 or $12 for large shirts. A limited number of youth T-shirts will be available.

Search for Touchdowns for Ta-Tas on Facebook for more information.

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