MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - Tuesday the Sparkman Senators faced the Bob Jones Patriots. But it was not any ordinary soccer match.
While on the field there was a rivalry, on the sidelines there was a common cause. Sparkman High School hosted "Kicking 4 the Cure" - an event aimed at raising awareness and funds for pediatric cancer research.
Each year the annual event has raised money for cancer research, but this year event organizer Christie Ross turned the focus to the kids.
"These are kids at Sparkman, this is what it's all about - the kids," said Ross.
All of the funds raised will go toward "Cannonball Kid's cancer Foundation," an organization dedicated to finding cures for all childhood cancers and research aimed at improving treatments.
In addition to the common good, this year the event is particularly important for the school.
"Right before spring break, one of our students at Sparkman High School was diagnosed with brain cancer," said Ross.
At the game a table was set up in the student's honor, where players, friends, and community members could sign a shirt and canvases to boost her spirits and let her know she had their support.
Elsewhere at the event, a card-writing station was set up so people could make cards for children hospitalized with cancer.
Any tips left for the food vendors will go to support the foundation. Their goal is to raise $1,000.