The Easton Foundation held their 9th Battle of the Heroes flag football game in Raider Stadium Saturday night. The game, initially delayed by uncooperative weather, was deemed a success by Easton Foundation President Casey Lizama. “I just want to say thank you to our entire community who supported us by donating, attending and bringing their local businesses to our game. I speak for every one of the players from both teams as well as the foundation when I say how appreciative we are to everyone who helps put this game together so that we can continue to support the youth in our community”, said Lizama.
The Easton Foundation was able to raise more than $24,000 through fundraising efforts in the last year which goes directly to improving the lives of the Northeast Georgia community’s youth. Even with the weather delay, the Easton Foundation was able to improve their fundraising efforts by more than 30% compared to last year. This money helps youth in the community with back to school items, Christmas gifts for the underprivileged, scholarships for college-bound students and additional help in other times of need. Lizama also believes that those honored at the game play a large role in what the foundation stands for, “My favorite moments surrounding the game included being able to honor Easton with a jersey from his favorite college football team and see the smile on Mr. Dukes face when he was presented with his own jersey from the game. It was also a privilege to honor Coach Joe before the game and at halftime seeing all that he has done for our community’s youth. I can’t wait to continue this annual event next year and connect with the community by giving back to the future of tomorrow.”
To find out more about The Easton Foundation visit them online, eastonfdn.org.
The Easton Foundation 501 (c)(3) is based out of Habersham County, Georgia. After losing Easton Singleton, a beloved friend and teen to a car accident in 2012, the community rallied together to turn tragedy into triumph. The Easton Foundation was founded by Casey Lizama shortly after Easton’s passing in 2012 as a way to help other teens with pain and loss, and also encourage youth to connect with their community and become leaders. Each year the Easton Foundation not only provides assistance in times of need in the community, but also awards numerous scholarships to help teens in the northeast Georgia community pursue their dreams of higher education.