A note from Eddie Brown
Head Coach, Birdville High School Girls Soccer
In 2008, the Birdville High and Haltom High girls soccer teams joined forces, with the help of coach Kyle Lester (then at Haltom High School), to launch the first ever BISD joint-high school soccer team endeavor to host an event to raise cancer awareness.
Little did we know at that time how cancer would affect our BHS soccer community. The passing in 2009 of fellow Hawk boys soccer player, Johnny Baggett, from leukemia, deeply impacted us all. Johnny’s battle was an inspiration to us which cemented our common fight for the cure. Birdville HS boys soccer coach Roger Garcia joined in the fight the following year.
In 2013, as Coach Lester moved to Richland High School and coach Brandon Badgeley took over at Haltom High School, we began to push in getting more BISD teams involved in the fight for a cure. That year, all three BISD girl’s soccer programs jointly raised over $3,000 dollars to donate to both the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).
In 2014, we again tried to push the envelope to be bigger and better. This led to coach Matt Snow, Richland High School boys soccer, jumping on board. We are very proud to say that that year we raised nearly $5,000 dollars to help in the fight for a cure.
2015 again marked a first for BISD as Haltom High men’s coach, Frank Cordova, and his team came on board ensuring that BISD Soccer would be the first and only sport to come together as one family to fight for the cure.
This year, the event again will host all BISD soccer squads, as well as our friends from Azle and Wichita Falls high schools, and I assure you, their fight remains the same.
I am very proud to announce that since the 2008 inaugural match, we have together raised over $30,000 in donations to both the ACS & LLS organizations.