The Face Off Against Kids Cancer (FOAKC) program pairs Rampage players with kids from the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio who are in various stages of cancer treatment or in remission. The children and their “buddies” participate in a series of events throughout the season with the goal of forming lasting relationships while raising awareness for pediatric cancer in the San Antonio community. This season, 15 Spurs Sports & Entertainment staff members volunteered to be part of the program, giving the families a buddy from the Spurs family in addition to their Rampage buddy
This year, the program culminates with a special FOAKC Night on April 9th when the Rampage host the Iowa Wild. The night will feature special on-ice recognition for the participating children, and each buddy will be presented with a special surprise keepsake from his or her player. In addition, the Rampage players will wear special FOAKC jerseys, which will be auctioned following the game.
Now in its seventh season, the Face-Off Against Kids Cancer (FOAKC) program pairs Rampage hockey players with children from the Centers for Oncology and Blood Disorders at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa, in various stages of treatment for pediatric cancer or in remission.
FOAKC was first developed by Dan Weiss, the voice of the Rampage, in 2009. Since the inception of the program, the Rampage players and staff have befriended over 100 buddies and their families while raising more than $80,000 for organizations that work to raise awareness and funds to fight childhood cancer.
Over the course of each season, Rampage players and their buddies participate in a series of thrilling events, including meet and greets, suite parties at Rampage games, pizza parties with games, bowling nights and more. FOAKC creates an outlet for the families to enjoy quality time together, while cultivating relationships between the Rampage players, buddies and SS&E staff that last well beyond the season.