Easton Foundation Cancels 2020 Battle of the Heroes Event

ALTO -- The Easton Foundation announced today the cancellation of the Battle of the Heroes Event for the 2020 year.  The announcement comes amid hesitations about COVID-19 from superiors and commanding officers from the local public safety agencies in Habersham, Banks and Hall counties that were supplying players for the annual flag football game.  Director of Communications Colin Lacy confirmed that the foundation is planning on continuing the Battle of the Heroes game in 2021.

“This is an extremely sad and difficult decision the Easton Foundation Board had to make,” said Glenn Ingram, the chairman of the board for the Easton Foundation.  “We felt as if we had taken every measure in order to keep everyone safe, but also fully understand and support the hesitation of having first responders play in the game by their superiors.”

The event was scheduled for August 15th and has been an annual tradition since 2013.  This will be the first time in eight years that the game will not be played. However, there are plans to recognize and honor the first responders on August 15th on the Easton Foundation social media websites.  The Easton Foundation is also looking at other options, such as a Trunk-or-Treat event in October, to fundraise and further the mission of the foundation.

"We're talking about different events, not necessarily to make up for it, but different events that we haven't done before that we'll be starting here in the next couple of months," Lacy said.

The news comes just a week after it was announced that Faith Baird, co-owner of Brownies by Faith, would serve as this year's Grand Marshal.  Lacy said although there are plans to continue the game next year, no decision has been made on who will serve as Grand Marshal.

Habersham Central High School, however, has extended the invitation to Baird to be the honorary captain of the football scrimmage on August 21st.  
The Easton Foundation will have a booth set up at the scrimmage and will also be hosting the Habersham Chamber of Commerce in the VIP area at Raider Stadium during the game.

It had also been announced in July that an inaugural “Cruise-In," a display of classic cars from around the Habersham area, would take place before the Battle of the Heroes game.  That, too, was canceled.

The Easton Foundation 501 (c)(3) is based out of Habersham County, Georgia.  After losing Easton Singleton, a beloved friend and teen to a car accident in 2012, the community rallied together to turn tragedy into triumph.  The Easton Foundation was founded by Casey Lizama shortly after Easton’s passing in 2012 as a way to help other teens with pain and loss, and also encourage youth to connect with their community and become leaders.  Each year the Easton Foundation not only provides assistance in times of need in the community but also awards numerous scholarships to help teens in the northeast Georgia community pursue their dreams of higher education.