Stockton’s Heat Stick it to Cancer game this past Saturday was a tremendous night for our team, fans and community. Although the Heat fell 4-0 to San Antonio, Stockton donned lavender-trimmed cancer jerseys that were auctioned off to raise awareness and funds for finding a cure for all forms of cancer!
The Heat faithful showed up in full-force on Saturday night with 6,732 fans in attendance, the biggest crowd of the season. Thank you to all fans for not only supporting the team, but also for creating awareness by helping recognize all those that have been impacted by cancer with the Stick it to Cancer cards.
The night centered around raising awareness and recognizing those who have battled through tough times and continue to fight this deadly disease. All those impacted by cancer were recognized during the game when all fans displayed their “Stick it to Cancer” Cards as a way for those to show who they fight for and help share the countless stories of our impacted community members.
Our ceremonial puck dropper, Kelly Casillas, is a current patient of St. Joseph’s Medical Center and she dropped the puck next to the Heat’s Alternate captain for the night, Adam Ollas Mattsson. A special moment was shared between the two pregame, as Ollas Mattsson lost his mother over five years ago to cancer.
Following the game, Heat players pitched in to purchase Adam Ollas Mattsson’s game worn jersey in the postgame jersey auction. The selfless and thoughtful gesture will never be forgotten from Adam Ollas Mattsson and the Heat community.