The McClintock Middle School cross country club team will start the fall season in style, thanks to the generous effort of 9-year-old Lizzy Biggers.Lizzy raised $1,250 for the team to purchase new uniforms, running shoes and other equipment. She exceeded her initial goal of $500. To raise the money, she wrote to friends, family and neighbors requesting donations for the team in place of presents for her 10th birthday in May. “People just overwhelmed us,” said Anne Biggers, her mother. “The donations just started pouring in.”Lizzy, who attends Charlotte Christian School, got the idea to hold a fundraiser when she saw a commercial on the Disney channel about someone who had gathered funds to purchase shoes for children in Haiti, Biggers said.At the time, Biggers had received an email from the head coach of the team, Del Barnhill, that he sent to members of their church explaining that his team was struggling to pay for equipment. Lizzy then had her cause. Principal of McClintock Middle School Paul Williams said they were touched by Lizzy’s kindness. “The kids were really excited about it,” Williams said. “The biggest thing is they were amazed that an elementary school kid would think about them and want to donate her birthday money to kids she doesn’t even go to school with.”“What a sweet girl.” Lizzy presented a check on the school’s television news show on May 31. Williams said every member of the team will have a uniform for the first time as they start their second season. The team is composed of sixth grade students because CMS doesn’t offer sports for them, he said, but this fall the team will expand to include seventh and eighth grade students as well. He added the team has already started weekly summer practices at McApline Creek Park.Biggers said the fundraiser shows that her daughter has a big heart, and she may even hold more in the future. “She learned just how good it feels to forgo something for yourself in order to help someone who needs it,” she said.
Friday, Jun. 28, 2013
Charlotte girl raises money for cross country team
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