Team Jack: An Inspiration


Brook Price

Panoramic view of the Panther Posse Team Jack supporters at the Norfolk Panther/Lincoln SE game September 27, 2012

Olivia Shoemaker, Reporter

Jack Hoffman and his family have inspired people across the Husker nation and beyond.

At only age 6, the Atkinson, Nebraska native was diagnosed with pediatric brain cancer.

After suffering through a life threatening seizure and many tests, it was found that he had a brain tumor. He has endured two brain surgeries, multiple sessions of chemotherapy and radiation, and he has had a smile on his face the entire time.

His family and community are very passionate supporters of all childhood cancers. They started Team Jack shortly after his diagnosis. What started off as local bracelet and t-shirt sales has rapidly grown into a huge movement.

After reaching out to the Nebraska Husker’s #22 Rex Burkhart, he agreed to meet up with Jack and his family. The pair clicked instantly and has grown very close.

Jack’s friendship with Burkhart has gone viral, and he has received well-deserved attention from all over the nation.

The Team Jack Facebook page features hundred’s of pictures of families, classes, businesses, and other groups wearing Team Jack t-shirts, which are sold to raise money for the “Team Jack Legacy Fund.”

The family has partnered with CureSearch, a national foundation that raises money for childhood cancers. Jack’s parents are determined to help find a cure for pediatric brain cancer.

T-shirts can be purchased online at, and have been sold to people in 35 states. They can also be purchased in several local stores, such as: Meds & More in Norfolk, The Clothing Company in O’Neill, Husker Hounds in Omaha, and State Farm Insurance in Alliance. All profit will go towards research.

Recently, the Norfolk Senior High School’s Panther Posse had a Team Jack theme at the football game against Lincoln South-East. The whole student section was decked out in Team Jack apparel and they even sold t-shirts at the game.

It’s been almost a year since the Jack Hoffman story broke, and Jack is still fighting his disease, but he is still smiling too. On April 27, 2012 he started a 60-week chemotherapy plan.

He has family, friends, and the Husker nation standing by his side as he continues his fight against cancer.

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