FORNEY, Texas — Forney High School Senior kicker Matthew Huffman has been doing his part to help “kick it” to childhood cancer, and wants the publics help in reaching the end zone.
Huffman was inspired to start a “Kick it” campaign prior to his final season as a Jackrabbit, with proceeds benefiting Alex’s Lemonade Stand a national foundation that funds research, raises awareness and supports families dealing with childhood cancer.
Huffman solicited friends, family and teammates to pledge money for every point he scored through the season. His goal was 70 points and $3,500.
“Cancer is a real and serious thing,” Huffman tells inForney.com. “This was an opportunity for me to do some good, and it also motivated me and put a little fire in my performance each week.”
With the football season finished, Huffman scored 58 points and raised over $1,600 for Alex’s Lemonade Stand. With just a few days left in his campaign, he is hoping that locals will find it to donate to his cause just before the holidays. To learn more about Huffman’s campaign or to donate click HERE.
“This challenge made this season very special. Out on the field it was about so much more than just my town and my school. I love that,” Huffman said.
Huffman said it wouldn’t have been possible without the help of his teammates and coaches.
“All of my coaches and players worked so hard to help me with this and I couldn’t have done it without them. Special thanks to my holder Colby Ortega and deep snapper Dalton Arbor, they make all the difference,” Huffman said.
With football season finished, Huffman now will focus on his place on the Forney soccer team and doing all he can to help others “kick” cancer.