Alto, Ga. - The Easton Foundation announced today an addition to the pregame ceremonies prior to the Battle of the Heroes Game on August 14th. A few minutes prior to the 7pm kickoff at Raider Stadium, The Easton Foundation will be hosting student-athletes and members of the Habersham Central community for a Community Rally for Habersham Central High School baseball coach Chris Akridge. Raider student-athletes will be on the field prior to kickoff in show of support of Coach Akridge who is currently in the hospital with COVID-19. A prayer will also be led on the field for those in attendance along with a taking a donation for Coach Akridge's family.
“When this was brought to our attention, there was no hesitation in being part of this rally,” said Glenn Ingram, the chairman of the board for the Easton Foundation. “Coach Akridge has touched so many in this community, and is a huge part of the Habersham Central Family..”
Coach Akridge has spent the last 18 days in the hospital battling COVID-19. Student-Athletes from Habersham Central were the ones to approach the Easton Foundation with the idea to pray for Coach Ak (as most around Habersham call him). Coach Akridge is a social studies teacher at Habersham Central High as well as the head varsity baseball coach for the Raiders.
In June, the Easton Foundation announced that the 8th Battle of the Heroes game would be taking place on August 14th with kickoff inside Raider Stadium at 7 PM. The Easton Foundation will also be hosting the Inaugural Cruise-In to show off some of the best classic cars in the area from 4:30-6:30 pm in front of Raider Stadium. The Fireworks Extravaganza will begin 15 minutes after the conclusion of the game.
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.