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Scott City Rams to host 'Play for Life' in honor of former player

SCOTT CITY, MO (KFVS) -

The Scott City Rams have just started their second football season since losing a team member in a tragic ATV crash.

The theme for the Ram’s first home game is “Play for Life.”

It’s all to honor former player Dominic Hooper and to raise awareness about a cause near to his family’s heart.

“We are going to play a green-out game and then all the proceeds on that game are going to go to the donate life foundation in honor of him,” player Hunter Copeland said.

Copeland’s teammate, number 35, lost his life last year.

“Dominic is one of those once in a lifetime kind of kids,” Coach Jim May said.

His coach and teammates call Dominic Hooper an ideal team member, a teen who was self-less both in his lifetime and after as his family donated his organs to save others.

“That’s what Dominic would have wanted. The thought that by his passing he could save five people, Dominic would have been proud of that and I’m sure he is,” May said.

It’s an issue his family, school, and community have rallied around.

“It’s just a great way to remember a great kid and come together for a great cause,” Superintendent Brian Lee said.

On Friday, the crowd will be decked out in these green t-shirts and the players in green jerseys.

“They’re just letting us know that they’re here for us and we support what you’re doing and this means a lot to us,” Copeland said.

It’s about raising awareness about organ donation and showing honor for Dominic.

“We are showing that we haven’t forgotten,” May said.

Before the game there is going to be a community-wide tailgate party. There will be kids’ games, bake sales, silent auctions.

Coach May said they’ll be auctioning off a helmet with signatures of Scott City players and St. Vincent’s Players, Scott City’s opposing team on Friday night.

The money raised from t-shirt sales and all the festivities go Mid-America Transplant Services.

Everyone is invited to attend. The event begins at 6 p.m. and the game starts at 7 pm.

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