The Cavaliers will host the annual “Beat the Beast” Cancer Awareness Game, playing Appoquinimink.

On Friday, Oct. 6, Middletown High School's football team will host its annual “Beat the Beast” Cancer Awareness Game at Cavalier Stadium, 504 S. Broad St.

This year, Middletown will face off against crosstown rival Appoquinimink, with pre-game ceremonies at 7 p.m., and the kickoff at about 7:30 p.m.

Community residents can support the fundraiser by purchasing a blue or pink "Beat the Beast" t-shirt, on sale for $15 each at the stadium.

All proceeds from the event will support nonprofit efforts to aid families and educate the community about cancer. Since 2012, the event has raised more than $40,000 for cancer support.

Plan to arrive early, and join the team for a moving pre-game tradition. At 7 p.m., players – who will be wearing pink jerseys personalized with the name of someone who is fighting, or fought cancer – will help honor the many M.O.T. families who have been impacted by the disease. The football players will escort honorees and/or family representatives across the field while their name is called out on the loudspeaker and the stadium erupts in cheers. At the end of the evening, the players will present the jerseys back to sponsoring families.

“This gives our players a chance to experience something bigger than themselves and to give back to those who have meant a great deal in shaping their lives or their community," said Middletown head football coach Zach Blum.

Information from organizations offering services and support to cancer victims and their families will be located throughout the stadium.

WDSD 94.7 FM will be broadcasting live from the stadium from 5-7 p.m., offering visitors the chance to spin the prize wheel.