WASHINGTON (WUSA 9) — St. John’s senior, Joe Giglio, is a kicker on the Cadets’ football team.
“He’s got a tremendous leg, he’s very accurate, pretty much a sure thing inside the 40 yard line,” said head coach Joe Patterson.
This season, Joe’s taking his sure thing to the bank, for charity. For every field goal he makes in a game, money goes to Kicking for the Dream — a foundation that raises money and awareness for ovarian cancer research.
“Everyone has a woman in their life, whether it be a mom or a sister or a teacher or a friend who they love and they want to see live a long, healthy life,” said Joe.
So far, Joe has gone one-for-one in two games this season, which raised $191 thanks to nine pledge donors.
So how did a 17-year-old high schooler who hasn’t been affected by ovarian cancer in his family or with friends get involved in a project like this? It all started with former Raven, Billy Cundiff.
Joe participated in Cundiff’s kicking camp this summer, where he learned the former Ravens kicker started Kicking for the Dream in honor of his mother-in-law, Colleen Drury, who died from the disease.
“I love football. My passion is football,” said Joe. “So when I get out there, I’m thinking about football, but then when I walk off [the field], I think: ‘Wow, I just raised money for ovarian cancer.'”
Now, kickers around the country are carrying on Colleen’s Dream for a cure, one kick at a time.
To donate to Joe’s campaign visit: http://donate.kickingforthedream.com/JosephGiglio.