The Austen Everett Foundation works to inspire, empower, and embolden the lives of kids battling cancer by Uniting the Fight of these extraordinary individuals with professional and collegiate athletic teams. Children’s hospitals nationwide have partnered with AEF to provide this powerful experience to kids fighting cancer with teams in their communities. AEF is working with teams in the MLB, MLS, NFL, NHL, NWSL, WNBA, and NCAA.
Honorary Team Captains attend pre-game practice, receive a personalized team jersey, visit the locker-room, attend coaches pregame talks, walk on the field or court with the team, watch warmups from the players bench. They also have their name featured on the jumbotron, call the captains coin-toss, receive autographed team gear, an event photo recap, and their family receives VIP game day treatment.
At AEF events a kid with cancer is the distinguished Honorary Team Captain providing an opportunity to benefit from the strength and support the team environment provides. They are given a once-in-a-lifetime connection to experience what it is like to be a professional or collegiate athlete for that specific game, creating an incredibly dynamic and powerfully inspiring partnership.