Lady Flames Soccer To Host 5th Annual Kickin’ It for Kids With Cancer

Friday, August 22, 2014
Lady Flame Stephanie Surgener during the 2013 Kickin' It For Kids With Cancer game while fans wearing their Kickin’ It shirts fill the stands.  This year the game will be held Friday, Sept. 12.
Lady Flame Stephanie Surgener during the 2013 Kickin' It For Kids With Cancer game while fans wearing their Kickin’ It shirts fill the stands. This year the game will be held Friday, Sept. 12.

The Lady Flames, Lee University's women's soccer team, will host a benefit game on Friday, Sept. 12, to raise funds for the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer, whose local care center, Hatch’s House of Hope, provides children and their families with the tools needed to cope and thrive at the onset of pediatric cancer. 

Winners of four NAIA national championships, the Lady Flames have used early-season games to showcase the AHF’s “Kickin’ It for Kids with Cancer” event for the past four years. This year’s benefit game is set for 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 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. 

Leading up to the game, team members will raise money by selling “Kickin’ It” shirts, an idea that resulted in more than 3,000 shirts sold last year and over $30,000 raised for the Foundation. Shirts can be purchased from a player or at participating locations: 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. 

The game date ties in with September being Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, a time to honor and remember children and families affected by these rare diseases, and help rally support to give kids with cancer better outcomes by supporting ground-breaking research. 

“This is a fund-raising initiative that is close to our hearts, in large part because it’s close to our home,” said Amy Jo Osborn, president of the Austin Hatcher Foundation. “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.”

Coach 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.”

The Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer’s mission is to erase the effects of pediatric cancer and optimize each child’s quality of life through essential specialized intervention beginning at the time of diagnosis and continuing throughout survivorship. The foundation provides services to children with cancer, as well as their families, through its cancer care center, Hatch’s House of Hope. The foundation provides all services at no cost to the families. Services are funded solely by the generous donations of supporters. 

For more information about the AHF, visit www.hatcherfoundation.org  or contact the foundation via email at info@hatcherfoundation.org. 

For more information about Kickin It For Kids With Caner 2014, follow and like the Lady Flames “Kickin’ It” Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/KickinItForKidsWithCancer.

Pictured here is Lady Flame Stephanie Surgener during the 2013 Kickin' It For Kids With Cancer game while fans wearing their Kickin’ It shirts fill the stands.


Lee School Of Nursing To Run Mass Casualty Drill

The Lee University School of Nursing will conduct a mass casualty emergency drill on Wednesday, Nov. 29, from 12:30-5:30 p.m.  Nursing students and faculty will participate in a response to an active shooter mass casualty drill to help nursing students learn how to treat life-threatening wounds in a high-stress situation.   “This senior nursing student simulation ... (click for more)

Lettie Pate Whitehead Scholarships Awarded For 2017

Lee University has awarded scholarships to 36 women for the 2017-18 school year. The Lettie Pate Whitehead foundation, a Georgia nonprofit organization that is dedicated to the education of female students, funded the scholarships.  A total of $92,250 was awarded for 2017-18. In accordance with the guidelines prescribed by the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation, scholarships ... (click for more)

Walker County Asks Dismissal Of Erlanger Lawsuit Asking Court To Order New Taxes For Payment Of $8.7 Million Debt

Walker County, Ga., is asking the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by Erlanger Health System that asks a federal judge to order the levying of taxes to pay an $8.7 million debt. Walker County noted that new Commissioner Shannon Whitfield has imposed a special tax levy on its citizens designed to satisfy the debt. It also says that Commissioner Whitfield held several meetings with ... (click for more)

Man Charged In Hamilton Place Firecracker Incident Gets 3-Year Federal Prison Sentence

A man who was among those charged with setting off firecrackers inside Hamilton Place Mall to cover up a robbery has been sentenced to serve three years in federal prison. Garrian King, 23, appeared before Federal Judge Curtis Collier. The sentence will be consecutive to any time King receives on charges he still faces in state court. He is charged with three counts of possession ... (click for more)

Stormwater Fiasco And East Ridge Camping

When did the Chattanooga City Council get replaced by members of the East Ridge City Council? I don't recall a time in Chattanooga where they've voted to shoot the city in the foot more than they have lately.  If this goes through despite the environmental impact warnings and then Camp Jordan has increased flooding after spending millions on sports ball fields, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Thanksgiving Eve

I don’t know who was the first to do the Famous Pregnant Turkey prank but I’ll bet you a handful of giblets there will be a lot of copycats who try it today. The trick is finding a Cornish hen that is small enough to stuff inside the larger turkey. Then you skillfully pack the bird with some of that sausage-sage dressing and put your Thanksgiving dinner in the oven. When all ... (click for more)