A high school senior project turned into much more than that in Glen Lake tonight. A community came together in a friendly competition of "Futbol vs Football" to raise money for Breast Cancer Research - the game even began with a football spoof!
The friendly trash talking between the football and soccer teams began months ago, when the discussion began on the outcome of a game pitting one team against the other.
It all started in the fall as the senior project idea of football player Mike O'Brien. His inspiration came from his mom, who was fighting breast cancer.
Called "The Cancer Bowl," the game gained seventeen sponsors! Homemade baked goods (including 100 cupcakes, 4 pies, 4 pans of brownies, a cake, and rice krispy treats) and t-shirts were sold for donations as well.
At halftime, spectators could pay a dollar for a chance to try for a goal - raising fifty dollars!
O'Brien said he's amazed and appreciative of all of the support. "Just seeing all the kids - like how excited they are to play in the game and how much fun it's going to be, and all the people that came out. It's great to see that so many people came out to support such a great cause. It just proves what a great community we have and how many people support all the kids in the community. It's a great thing to see."
The game ended tied at 2 - 2, but the soccer team would end up taking the win in a shootout 4 - 3.
But, more importantly, $1800 was raised at tonight's game, making the overall fundraising amount around $3000. All of the proceeds are going toward breast cancer organizations and research.
For a link to the story tonight and all of the uncut video highlights of the first half of the game, click here.