Lakota East HS kicker raising money to fight childhood cancer

Lakota East HS kicker raising money to fight childhood cancer (WKRC)

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKRC) - High school football season is almost here.

For a player at Lakota East, this season comes with a special goal: To help kids facing cancer.

It has become his personal mission to raise money for the fight.

High school football two-a-days are well underway and the season opens in a couple of weeks.

A young kicker at Lakota East hopes to score a lot of points when he puts them thru the uprights, all for a very good cause.

Gavin Myers is kicking for a cause.

For every extra point and field goal the Lakota East sophomore boots this fall, donations will be made to the “Kick It Champions” program, benefitting childhood cancer research.

Cancer has literally hit close to home for Gavin Myers. Both of his aunts, Nicole Watkins and Mandy Dunn, were both diagnosed with breast cancer.

While Nicole is now cancer free, Mandy died a year ago. Her sister Keri Myers, Gavin's mother, says Mandy was a big football fan.

While Gavin has already proven to have a strong leg, his coach also recognizes a big heart.

Gavin hopes to raise $1,000 through his kicking. He is already more than halfway to his goal. This year, his scoring will go beyond field goals and extra points.

Gavin says he’s hit from 50 yards out and he's only a sophomore.

When he kicks he will be doing it not only for his teammates, but kids fighting his cancer and his two aunts.

A table will be set up at Lakota East games this fall to accept donations for Gavin's extra points and field goals.

There is also a website set up at and you can find a link here.

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