CLEVELAND (WRCB) - The women's soccer team from Lee University in Cleveland will host a benefit game to raise funds for the Austin Hatcher Foundation (AHF) for Pediatric Cancer. The national organization's local care center is called Hatch's House of Hope.
This is the 5th year for the “Kickin' It for Kids with Cancer” event. This year's benefit game is set for 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 12 against Findlay University at the Lee Soccer Field.
“Along with enjoying an exciting night of soccer, families who attend the game will enjoy a host of other fun activities, including giveaways, half-time entertainment, and refreshments, all while making a difference in the lives of many who are affected by this disease,” said Lee Women's Soccer Coach Matt Yelton in a news release.
Team members will raise money by selling “Kickin' It” shirts. Last year the student athletes helped sell more than 3,000 shirts and raised over $30,000 raised for the Foundation. Supporters can buy shirts at Cooke's Food Store, Gobble Automotive, Jenkins Deli, and Jordan's BBQ. Several local restaurants will also be donating a percentage of their proceeds to the foundation the week prior to the event.
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
“This is a fund-raising initiative that is close to our hearts, in large part because it's close to our home,” Amy Jo Osborn, president of the Austin Hatcher Foundation added.
“The Lady Flames' efforts to benefit the Foundation have been outstanding, a true example of a community coming together for a worthwhile cause. We are so very grateful to the good people at Lee University, and to all of our neighbors in Cleveland, for everything they do around this project.”
Yelton adds, “We have not only enjoyed hosting this event and being part of something that is so much bigger than us, but we have been blessed by becoming closer to the Austin Hatcher Foundation and its families.”