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Battling for a worthy cause

By By Chandler Myers
A rivalry will be born Thursday at Herbert Barnes Stadium when the girls of Escambia Academy visit Escambia County High School’s football stadium to take on the female students of Escambia County High School.
The idea for the game was developed as a way to help raise funds for the Youth Leadership Atmore Class of 2010’s service project.
The service project that the YLA Class has come up with this year involves raising money for reading books, which would be given to elementary schools around Atmore.
Nick Smith, the advisor for Youth Leadership Atmore, said each YLA class is responsible for coming up with a service project.
This year’s class is taking a step towards helping promote reading in all of the elementary schools around the City of Atmore.
Kristen Gehman, a member of the Youth Leadership Atmore Class of 2010, said she came up with the idea of donating reading books because of her job.
While the idea of purchasing books for schools came to Gehman, the idea for a powderpuff game came from another member of the YLA class.
Gehman said that EA’s Samantha Lee thought of the idea because both schools have played them before.
There is a goal that has been set by the YLA class on their service project.
Gehman said the community’s support will depend on how close the class comes to reaching its goal.
To donate to YLA service project, attendants of the game will be able to make a donation at the gate.
Smith said there will be a simple donation people can make, but others are also welcome.
The YLA powderpuff football game will be Thursday beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Herbert Barnes Stadium.