USLSoccer.com Staff Report
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento Republic FC goalkeeper Dominik Jakubek had his head shaved, while teammates Harry Williams, Emrah Klimenta, Tommy Stewart and Mackenzie Pridham took turns with the clippers, as Republic FC fans raised more than $8,600 for St. Baldrick’s Day on Monday at De Vere’s Irish Pub.
An annual event that raises money to help the fight against childhood cancer, St. Baldrick’s Day saw more than 150 people have their heads shaved in return for donations to the cause. The Tower Bridge Battalion raised a majority of these funds through their own team, as more than a dozen of the group's members raised $7,030 of the $8,600 donated.
Joining Jakubek from the club in getting his head shaved was Republic FC President Warren Smith.
“I shaved my head 10 or 11 years ago, but I wanted an excuse to go short because summer time is less time to worry about my fragile hair, so let’s just go bald,” Jakubek joked to SacRepublicFC.com.
Stewart and Pridham did the honors for a few of the Tower Bridge Battalions' members. This is the second year that the Battalion has organized a team to support the cause.
“Tommy and I shaved two girls’ heads,” said Pridham. “One of them had extremely long hair, Tommy was a little nervous for that. Mine wasn’t too long, but I was probably more nervous than she was. I tried to give her a nice clean cut.”
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Overall, the event raised more than $111,000 for the Keaton Raphael Memorial Foundation, a local non-profit that aims to support children with cancer and their families with emotional, educational and financial assistance, while increasing awareness and funding research toward finding cures for childhood cancer.
“It’s kind of special to shave your head for a something like [St. Baldrick’s],” said Jakubek. “When you’re getting shaved you think about those affected by cancer and what they have to go through. It’s a great cause and I’d absolutely do it again.”The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is still accepting donations for the event through www.stbaldricks.org.