WHS Football Teams Will Pay Tribute to Super Evan Austin

Winnacunnet goalkeeper Tanyon Ziolkowski punches Evan Austin in the fist after Evan scored a ceremonial goal when he was honorary captain of men's football last October.  Winnacunnet Boys Football Nick Rowe claps in the background.  Austin died in June of the rare diffuse brain cancer intrinsic pontine glioma.  The Winnacunnet men's and women's soccer teams will honor Austin during Friday's games against Exeter.

HAMPTON — Evan Austin served as honorary captain last season for the Winnacunnet High School men’s and women’s soccer teams as he battled a rare brain cancer called diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma.

“Super Evan” passed away in June at the age of 8, and both teams will honor him once again during Friday’s games against rivals Exeter.

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“It’s a great way to honor the life of Evan Austin and recognize the family and the hardships they went through,” said Winnacunnet women’s soccer coach Nick O’Brien. “But also to raise awareness of pediatric brain cancer and unite the two communities for a great cause.”

At Friday's Winnacunnet football games there will be items available for purchase such as Super Evan t-shirts, stickers and magnets.  There will also be a 50/50 draw with all proceeds going towards pediatric cancer research.

The girls’ game is scheduled to start at 3:30 pm, followed by the boys’ game. A tribute to Austin, the boy who touched the hearts of the entire Hampton community, will be held between games.

Winnacunnet High School men's honorary football captain Evan Austin (center) posed with the team following their 2-1 win over Londonderry last October.

“We will try to remember him and support the family going forward,” said men’s football coach Nick Rowe. “Supporting the community is part of the culture of our show. For these players, this is bigger than what they’re doing as athletes, and there are bigger things in life than football.”

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In games, there will be items available for purchase such as Super Evan t-shirts, stickers and magnets. There will also be a 50/50 draw with all proceeds going towards pediatric cancer research.

Winnacunnet High School boys' honorary football captain Evan Austin lines up and kicks the ball into the net during opening ceremonies ahead of last October's game against Londonderry.

“Even though Evan passed away, (Winnacunnet) still wanted to honor him and make it a good night,” said Jess Austin, Evan’s mother. “September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, so we’re really trying to use this opportunity to raise awareness in the community, raise funds, and at the same time honor Evan.”

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