Former Ute football players host event to help kids, raise funds to fight cancer

Posted at 10:15 PM, May 29, 2014
and last updated 2014-05-30 00:16:16-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- NFL hopefuls participate in combines every year - testing their athletic speed, agility, and overall skill.

For youth getting started in football, combines just do not happen. But, because of a couple former Utes, youth are getting the opportunity to test their skills.

"Running their 40 yard dash, and their pro agility shuttle, vertical jump... Not only are they just going to go through those events and see where they are as an athlete and see where they stack up against other kids their age, they are also going to learn and hear from ex-NFL guys that have been there and done that and experienced it," former Utah wide receiver Bradon Godfrey said.

But, it is not just about learning your stats. For the creators of the Cancer Combine, it is about teaching the youth to help others in need.

"We want to focus on the pediatric cancer, and we want to make a difference for those kids specifically," Godfrey said.

"With my experience playing up at the U, we had multiple times where kids involved in the Make a Wish Foundation come and there wish to be granted was to be on the sidelines during a Utah football game or was to come hang out with us during practice," former Utah linebacker Mike Wright said. "It was a humbling experience to have those kids, they could have had anything they wanted in the world, but they wanted to come hang out with some Utah football players and so it gave you the idea of the type of impact that guys like myself, Bradon Godfrey and Christian Cox could have..."

"We want to make a positive impact and do something greater," Godfrey said.

All proceeds go to the Huntsman Cancer Institute towards a new pediatric cancer wing. The Cancer Combine is this Saturday, May 31, starting at 9 a.m. If you want to learn how to get involved or participate, click here.