Alto, Ga. - The Easton Foundation announced today the cancellation of the Battle of the Heroes Event for the 2020 year. This announcement comes due to hesitations about COVID-19 from superiors and commanding officers from the local agencies that were supplying players for the game. Due to the cancellation of the Battle of the Heroes game, the inaugural Cruise-In is canceled as well. The Easton Foundation is planning on continuing the Battle of the Heroes in 2021.
“This is an extremely sad and difficult decision the Easton Foundation Board had to make,” said Glenn Ingram, the chairman of the board for the Easton Foundation. “We felt as if we had taken every measure in order to keep everyone safe, but also fully understand and support the hesitation of having first responders play in the game by their superiors.”
This will be the first time since 2013 that the Easton Foundation will not play a Battle of the Heroes Game, but plans to still recognize and honor the first responders on August 15th on the Easton Foundation social media. The Easton Foundation is also looking at other options for new events to add to the calendar to further the mission of the foundation in the coming months.
At the beginning of July the Easton Foundation announced that the 8th Annual Battle of the Heroes game would be taking place on August 15th. The Easton Foundation also announced in July that the inaugural “Cruise-In” would take place before the Battle of the Heroes game. The Cruise in was slated to be a display of classic cars from around the Habersham area with 10 prizes to be given out to cars for different categories.
The Easton Foundation will have a booth set up at the Habersham Central football scrimmage on August 21st. Habersham Central High School has also extended the invitation to Faith Baird, who had been named the Grand Marshal of the Battle of the Heroes game, to be the honorary captain of the scrimmage as well. The Easton Foundation will also be hosting the Habersham Chamber of Commerce in the VIP area at Raider Stadium during the home scrimmage at Habersham Central High School.
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.