Kick-A-Thon was conceived in 1994, with the original intent to raise funds for the St. Charles High School Drill Team. The idea was to pledge money “per kick” by asking community members, parents, friends, and others to “partner” with the Drill Team as they formed an extended kick line and kicked 100 times. It was such a great success, the Drill Team made more money than was needed. In an effort to give back to the community, the Drill Team looked for an organization to donate the extra money to. Buck Drach, the coach of the St. Charles High School Football Team, suggested the American Cancer Society. At the time, Buck’s wife, Rose Drach, was battling a rare form of sinus cancer. Rose was a special education teacher at St. Charles High School and her fighting spirit was an inspiration to all that knew her. The decision was easy; the donation would go to the Fox Valley Chapter of the American Cancer Society.
Kick-A-Thon has become a community event that now combines the efforts of both St. Charles North and St. Charles East High School Drill Teams. Over the course of 24 years, the two schools’ joint efforts have raised over 1 Million Dollars in the fight to kick cancer. Last year alone, the Drill Teams were able to donate over $100,000 to the Fox Valley Chapter of the American Cancer Society, Living Well Cancer Resource Center in Geneva, IL and Fox Valley Food for Health as part of Kick-A-Thon 2016.
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