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St. Jude Classic at CMS Raises More Than $1,500

Apr 22, 2016 08:05AM ● By Audrey Sellers

Photos courtesy Joan Shockley

The St. Jude Classic (SJC), an annual three-on-three charity soccer tournament at Carroll Middle School (CMS), keeps getting bigger and better. This year’s event on April 16 raised more than $1,500 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a leading children’s hospital pioneering research and treatments for kids with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. This is the largest amount the sixth-annual tournament has ever raised for the nonprofit.

Approximately 65 students and faculty members at CMS hit the fields for some fun competition for a good cause. The event included not only 22 soccer games and a championship match, but also food and refreshments from SJC’s sponsors, Southlake Chick-fil-A and Rita’s Ice.

“The money we raised will no doubt help children at St. Jude, but hopefully it will impact our students in a positive way so that they will continue to give and serve in the future,” says Zach Sellers, CMS coach, outdoor education teacher and founder of SJC. “I want to thank everyone who participated for helping make this year’s SJC the best ever.”

Nikia Loveless, marketing director for Chick-fil-A in Southlake, was happy to sponsor SJC; the cause is close to her heart. “My son Kaleb is a 10-year cancer survivor of Neuroblastoma. Thankfully he didn’t need treatment from St. Jude, but there are so many children who do and they depend on generous donations,” she says. “Great job in raising money for such a wonderful cause.”

Click here to view participants and winners of the 2016 St. Jude Classic.