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Published on February 17th, 2010 | by Staples Soccer


When Tom Henske Shot Out For Cancer

The announcement that former Ridgefield High and University of Virginia star Curt Onalfo is DC United‘s new head coach earned more than a mention on the ACC website. devoted an entire story to the news — and Tom Henske plays a big role in it.

Tom Henske — after his playing and Shoot Out for Cancer days ended.

In the early ’90s, Onalfo was diagnosed with cancer.  Tom — now Staples’ superb goalkeeper coach, but then in the midst of leading the Cavaliers to 3 NCAA Division I national championships — was spurred to help.

He created Shoot Out for Cancer — and it soon grew into 1 of the biggest student-run fundraisers in UVa history.

Tom organized frat parties, bar nights, concerts and t-shirt sales.  He charged people to take PKs on him — on a goal set up in the middle of campus.

Ironically — for he is now a financial advisor — at one point Tom had $25,000 in a Diadora shoe box under his bed.  Finally, he opened a bank account.

Tom also donated 1 of his championship rings to charity — and organized events asking students, community members and businesses to match his contribution.  As a senior, Tom received UVa’s Distinguished Student Award.

When  he graduated, Tom made sure Shoot Out for Cancer continued.  Virginia’s Student Athlete Mentors still run the event — and it still helps children and young people battling cancer.

This year’s event is set for May 2.

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