WHS football teams pay tribute to Super Evan Austin

Hampton – Evan Austin served as honorary captain last season for both the boys’ and girls’ soccer teams at Winnacunnet High School as he battled a rare brain cancer called metastatic glioma.

Super Evan passed away in June at the age of 8, and both teams will pay homage to him once again during Friday’s games against rival Exeter.

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“It’s a great way to honor Evan Austin’s life and to learn about the family and the unfortunate hardships they’ve been through,” said Nick O’Brien, girls’ soccer coach for Winaconite. “But also to raise awareness of childhood brain cancer, and kind of unite the two for a great cause.”

At Winnacunnet football matches on Friday, items such as Super Evan's jerseys, stickers, and magnets will be available for purchase.  There will also be a 50/50 lottery where all proceeds will go to children's cancer research.

The girls’ game will start at 3:30 pm, followed by the boys’ game. Austin, the boy who touched the hearts of the entire Hampton community, will be honored in between games.

Winnacunnet High School Boys' Honorary Football captain Evan Austin (centre) stood with the team after their 2-1 win over Londonderry last October.

“We will try to remember him and support the family going forward,” said Nick Rowe, the boys soccer coach. “Supporting the community is part of the culture of our program. For these players, this is more than what they do as athletes, and there are bigger things in life than football.”

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In the games, there will be items available for purchase such as Super Evan’s T-shirts, stickers, and magnets. There will also be a 50/50 lottery where all proceeds will go to children’s cancer research.

Winnacunnet High School Boys' Honorary Football Team captain Evan Austin lines up and kicks the ball into the net during the opening ceremony ahead of last October's game against Londonderry.

“Even though Evan is dead, she (Winaconite) still wants to honor him and make it a good night,” said Jess Austin, Evan’s mother. “September is Children’s Cancer Awareness Month, so we’re really trying to take this opportunity to spread awareness in the community, and do some fundraising, while also honoring Evan at the same time.”

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