Rex Burkhead, Plano alumni, former Nebraska Cornhusker, and current New England Patriot returns to his roots this April to host the 3rd Annual Team Jack Trifecta to help raise much needed funds for child brain cancer research. The Team Jack Trifecta will include a family friendly 5k race, youth football camp, and 3-on-3 adult basketball tournament.

“We are super excited to be hosting the Team Jack Trifecta again this year,” said Burkhead. “My hometown puts on a first-class event and I couldn’t be more proud of the local support.”

The Team Jack Trifecta has raised over $100,000 for the Team Jack Foundation, a Nebraska non-profit organization that raises funds and awareness for pediatric brain cancer research. Not only does Burkhead serve as a board member on the Foundation’s board of directors, but he was instrumental in the Foundation’s inception. Team Jack was formed to raise funds for pediatric brain cancer research. Its namesake is Jack Hoffman, a 13-year-old from Nebraska who has been battling the disease for most of his life. Hoffman and Burkhead formed an unlikely friendship when Burkhead was at Nebraska that has continued to this day.

“I am beyond excited to continue to bring awareness for pediatric brain cancer to my hometown of Plano, TX. This rare disease needs so much more attention, treatment options, and funding for research. That is why I have made it my duty to bring it to the minds of the people in the place I grew up. These kids need your help, and this is an opportunity to make an impact on their lives,” said Burkhead.

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The three events will be held Saturday, April 6 at Clark Stadium and PSA2. Online registration is open now. Visit to register and for more details on the events.

About the Team Jack Foundation

The Team Jack Foundation’s primary focus is to raise money and awareness for pediatric brain cancer research. Childhood brain cancer affects nearly 4,600 children each year and is the leading cancer cause of death in children. Each year, less than four percent of U.S. federal funding is solely dedicated to childhood cancer research, even less than this is spent on child brain cancer research. The Team Jack Foundation has raised over $5.3 million for pediatric brain cancer research and is funding eight projects. The Team Jack Foundation is working with world renowned researchers, directly, to develop relevant and impactful research initiatives. To learn more visit

Aayushi Pramanik

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