The game was on the line at the fourth annual Kicks for a Cause tournament and the Heliconia-colored team was sending their best kicker to the plate.
Dan Goodson III knew it was a matter of doing what he had always successfully done only now, the pressure was on and it was intense.
All eyes had zeroed in on Goodson as he prepared for the ball to be delivered, and when it finally came, Goodson delivered in as grand a fashion as one can during a kickball tournament.
Goodson took the ball and turned it into a home run and in turn, gave his team the win.
His team was just one of 15 to participate in the hugely successful tournament, and although his team placed fourth, Goodson won the Most Valuable Player award with three homeruns — including the game winner — to his name. The fourth place finish also netted his team money for their chosen charity, the All-Star Olympics.
All total, the tournament raised more than $10,000 for local children’s charities. There were about 200 people in attendance, some were volunteers like the National Honor Society of Altus High School that donated time to help run the concession stands and keep score and then there were the players of the teams who battled it out for a wonderful cause of making local children’s charities a priority. In addition, Big Dog printed the T-shirts that the teams wore, Southwest Technology Center printed the signs and banners for the event, and many other sponsors pitched in to help out in some way.
The Brightside Dental Wrecking Krew were decked out in safety orange and took first place in the tournament and received the spirit award, netting $3,500 for the Fields of Faith charity — an event in which students invite their classmates and teammates to meet on their school’s athletic field to hear fellow students share their faith testimonies, challenge them to read the Bible and to come to faith in Jesus Christ.
A League of our Own kicked their way to a second place finish as the light pink team battled to victory to get the second place check valued at $1,500. Along with the placing check, the team also received a $500 donation from the Altus Community Foundation.
And the battle for third place ended with the sports gray wearing Altus High School Gymnasium squad winning the final battle and $750 check in support of the AHS gym.
The remaining monies will be divided among the final 12 non-winning teams with each team receiving at least $300 towards their charity.
With another annual event down and hopefully many more to go, the Kicks for a Cause tournament has been a great way to provide money to local children’s charities with children and adults both volunteering their time to make Altus’ youth have a more fun and positive experience while growing up in Altus.
“The Altus Community Foundation and kickball board are so excited about the growth of this charity event for the children in Southwest Oklahoma,” Jamie Hokett said. “We hope the momentum and community involvement continue to increase over the years to come.”
Reach Ryan Lewis at 580-482-1221, ext. 2076.