Trojans shave heads to support teammate
January 22, 2015
When the Morgan High School boys’ basketball team took the court for warm-ups on Tuesday night at Park City High School, the players were sporting a new look. Everyone on the team, coaches included, came out for the game with shaved heads.
The Trojans weren’t simply making a fashion statement, however — they were supporting Landon Streadbeck, younger brother of senior forward Bridger Streadbeck.
"He’s my 11-year-old little brother and, this Monday, he was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma," Bridger Streadbeck said. "It’s a pretty rare type of cancer. He’s going to be in the hospital doing chemo and stuff for a while, so our team got together and shaved our heads just to support him."
Bridger knew Landon, one of seven Streadbeck siblings, would appreciate the gesture made by the varsity squad.
"Basketball is his very favorite thing to do," he said. "So we thought it be cool for the entire high school basketball team to do it with him."
Though the entire team and coaching staff is sporting the new look in support of Landon, Bridger said the idea started small and grew quickly.
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"Actually, we didn’t even plan it," he said. "I had a couple of my friends from the team call me and say, ‘Do you care if we shave our heads too with you?’ I was like, ‘Yeah, that’d be sweet.’ Then I showed up to school on Tuesday and the whole team’s heads were shaved."
As moved as Bridger was by the gesture, he knows Landon appreciated it even more.
"I know it was a bigger deal for him when he saw it," he said. "He said to me five times, ‘Tell all your friends how cool of them that is. It’s way cool.’ It made his day, for sure."
The support for Landon and the Streadbeck family went beyond just the basketball team, though. Bridger said he was stunned when he got to school Tuesday morning.
"It wasn’t just the basketball team that was doing it," he said. "When I came to school the next day, there were probably over 50 to 60 kids with their heads shaved. It says a lot about our community, I think. It’s just a cool thing and it shows there’s a lot of love and support in the community."
Bridger said it’s awesome for Landon to know he’s not alone in his battle against the rare form of cancer, for which he’ll start treatment soon.
"He’s got a tumor in his lower stomach and it’s also spread to his lungs," he said. "He’s going to have eight months to 12 months of chemo and then maybe a little radiation after that. Then they’ll just check up on him every six months or so for a while."
As for Bridger and his Trojan teammates, he said they’ll just keep playing hard to try to support him in his battle with cancer.
"He got to come to our Juan Diego game last week and that was his last game he’s going to be able to watch for a while," he said. "I think, for the rest of the season, we just want to play as hard as we can for him and for the rest of us."