Despite the bitter rivalry between the Elbert and Hart County Communities, the two joined together for a brief period this past Friday night for the Rally Foundation’s Rally Four Quarters fundraiser.
According to Elbert County Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Sid Fritts, the two fan bases raised over two thousand dollars during halftime of the Elbert/Hart football game.
Fritts said the support that both communities have given to this fundraiser has been amazing.
“Oh it’s incredible, the amount of heart that was shown by both communities. Those children kind of tug on those heart strings, and there were some kids who were recognized from Hart County that are battling the disease right now”, said Fritts. “Hopefully every dollar we raise can help in the research, and help with the families when they go for treatments and stay overnight.”
Next year, the game will take place at Herndon Stadium in Hart County, and Fritts said that it will be Hart County’s turn next year to collect the money for the fundraiser.
“We have had a lot of communication between the two schools. Both administrations want to do what they can to help this thing grow. We started off in 2010 doing it, but once we saw Hart on our schedule at our place, we just felt that would be the best time to do it”, said Fritts. “I think it will be an easy transition from passing those helmets in the Granite Bowl to passing those helmets when we go to Hart County next year.”
The Rally Foundation and is a non-profit organization that was founded in 2005. Their goal is to empower volunteers across the country to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer research to find better treatments with fewer long-term side effects and, ultimately, cures for the disease.