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Innisfil's Nantyr Shores dons pink socks today versus Orillia

Steve Noble of the Nantyr Shores Tritons senior boys football team bowls over Mitch Stadnyk of the Collingwood Fighting Owls during recent Simcoe County Athletic Association (SCAA) action. As part of a cancer fundraiser, the Tritons will wear pink socks in their game Thursday in Innisfil against the Orillia Nighthawks. Nantyr Shores will be looking to improve to 5-0 on the season. EXAMINER FILES

Steve Noble of the Nantyr Shores Tritons senior boys football team bowls over Mitch Stadnyk of the Collingwood Fighting Owls during recent Simcoe County Athletic Association (SCAA) action. As part of a cancer fundraiser, the Tritons will wear pink socks in their game Thursday in Innisfil against the Orillia Nighthawks. Nantyr Shores will be looking to improve to 5-0 on the season. EXAMINER FILES

The undefeated Nantyr Shores Tritons senior boys football team (4-0) was recently ranked in the top 50 in Ontario.

In response, coaches challenged players to do something to give back to the community.

The team came up with the idea of a charity fundraiser to support cancer program where each player wears pink socks on the field at our last home game before playoffs.

Each player had to raise $20 to wear the socks. Many of them raised several hundred dollars and the donations are continuing to pour in.

An anonymous corporate sponsor has also promised to match the donations collected.

The Tritons will host the Orillia Nighthawks (0-4) on Thursday, beginning at 1 p.m.

The entire high school will also be excused to support the cause.

“It’s really interesting to see how the athletes have stepped up and the emotions through the school, touching close to the hearts of many of our students and teachers,” said Mike Cullen, a broadcasting/media production teacher at the school.

“One of our football players lost his father to cancer just a couple of weeks ago,” he added. “There are many students in our school who have lost loved ones to cancer and/or are living through the process.

“Everyone here is stepping up for the cause.”

The Nantyr Shores (1-3) and Orillia Nighthawks (0-4) junior teams will play following the senior game.