As school “kicks off” again, the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer is partnering with the Chattanooga Red Wolves SC for a “Kickin’ It For Kids With Cancer” soccer game Saturday.
Kickoff is at 7 p.m. at David Stanton Field as the Chattanooga Red Wolves SC hosts North Texas SC in the United Soccer League season. The Austin Hatcher Foundation will have T-shirts on sale to raise funds and awareness of the foundation’s mission to erase the effects of pediatric cancer on young patients and their family members.
“We are honored and humbled to partner with such a strong and committed group of families served by the Austin Hatcher Foundation," said SEan McDaniel, president and general manager of the Chattanooga Red Wolves SC. "Chattanooga Red Wolves SC is committed to supporting children courageously battling pediatric cancer, and we are grateful to be a resource in their fight."
This will be the second of two Kickin’ It games this year resulting from the Austin Hatcher Foundation’s new relationships with local soccer teams. The foundation will also renew its longtime partnership with the Lee University Lady Flames at the ninth-annual game on Oct. 11. Presenting sponsors are Winn Smiles and Steam Logistics of Chattanooga.
In addition to the dual benefits of raising funds and awareness for the foundation, the Kickin’ It games also serve as a fun, diversionary activity for children and families who the foundation serves in their battle against cancer. Those children will be invited to walk onto the field with players for a special recognition before the game; they will also be able to watch the game from a special family zone and enjoy a fun activity at halftime.
“We are so grateful to the Red Wolves for welcoming us and our families to this special game,” said Austin Hatcher Foundation President Amy Jo Osborn. “Nights like this bring the Chattanooga community together, not only to raise funds and awareness, but also to support our families during their fight against childhood cancer. For people going through it, the chance to experience a fun sporting event as a family is especially cherished.”