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Batavia, Geneva high schools compete for charities

BATAVIA – When Batavia High School and Geneva High School football fans gather for the 99th annual crosstown classic game Sept. 29 at Geneva, even their T-shirts will be in competition.

Both high schools' cheering sections, The Dog Pound and The Blue Crue, are selling Batavia versus Geneva "Competing for a Cause" T-shirts, according to a Batavia School District news release. Each costs $15 and proceeds will be donated to Ava Warriors, which fights childhood brain cancer; CHIP IN Batavia for local students and families in need; and Bulldogs Unleashed, a fundraising art project.

"This is the one time you will see a Bulldog and a Viking on a shirt together," Batavia High School varsity football coach Dennis Piron stated in the release. "All kidding aside, we are really excited about this partnership with Geneva High School to help outstanding organizations. We are, of course, turning this into a friendly competition to see which school can raise the most funds. A team from Batavia High School's INCubator Entrepreneurship program is leading the sales and marketing campaign at BHS, so the Battlin' Bulldogs are fired up."

The school that raises the most money for charity will get a trophy to be kept at that school until the annual fundraiser returns next year.

Geneva Athletic Director Dave Carli stated in the news release: "While there certainly is passionate competition between Geneva and Batavia, this partnership is an opportunity for our two schools and communities to channel that energy into a very positive cause. Of course, this fundraiser won't diminish the desire to win on the field, but it's important to act as leaders for our communities and unite to help others in need."

The public can purchase Batavia T-shirts, which are red, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 in the Batavia High School cafeteria; from 8 to 10:30 a.m Sept. 23 and 30 at the outdoor pavilion at Rotolo Middle School; at the Batavia versus St. Charles East football game at Bulldog Stadium on Sept. 22, starting at 5 p.m.; and at the crosstown game starting at 5 p.m.

The blue Geneva T-shirts can be purchased from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 23 at the athletic entrance of Geneva High School, and again from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 28; and at the crosstown game. The school that raises the most money will receive a trophy.

A 50/50 raffle will be held during the Sept. 29 game, with proceeds earmarked for the same causes; tickets will be sold in both the visitor and home sections.

About Ava Warriors

Ava Warriors Foundation describes itself as a nonprofit foundation in the making that will harness strength, determination and community to raise awareness and funding to attack childhood brain cancer. The foundation is named for Ava Olson, a 9-year old girl with an amazing spirit who was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, also called DIPG, in November 2016 and fought with determination and humor through her battle that ended in May. She attended Holy Cross School in Batavia. The foundation will join forces with the DIPG community to sponsor promising research for the treatment of this complex cancer that has no cure and an average life expectancy of nine months from diagnosis. For more information, visit avawarriors.com.

About CHIP IN Batavia

CHIP IN Batavia was founded by Batavia residents four years ago to support students and their families in temporary or transitioning housing situations or who are facing the obstacles of poverty in Batavia. It has helped students in need by providing clothing, food, shelter, bikes, academic and athletic classes and camps, preschool classes, technology and other support. For more information, visit chipinbatavia.org.

About Bulldogs Unleashed

Bulldogs Unleashed is a public art exhibit that brightens the Batavia landscape with fiberglass bulldogs painted by community artists. At the same time, it provides financial resources to the Batavia Foundation for Educational Excellence, Batavia Library Foundation and Batavia Parks Foundation, which are reinvested for the benefit of local residents. For more information, visit bulldogsunleashed.org.

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