Bearden junior Connor Cross has been a standout kicker for the Bulldogs from the moment he stepped on the field.
Now, Cross is using his field goals to raise money and awareness for children’s cancer research through a program called Alex’s Lemonade Stand Kick-It Program.
Cross, who is also a forward on the Bearden soccer team, found out about the program while at a kicking camp over the summer.
“I went to Kohl’s Kicking camp and a lady talked to us about [the program,]” Cross said. “She told us all about the program and how it’s a good way to give back to the community.”
The Kick-It program means that every time Cross makes a field goal, money is donated to Alex’s Lemonade Stand.
“You can donate a pledge, which is a dollar amount and it multiplies with how many points you score or you can do just a straight donation which will go to the cause as well,” Cross said.
Donors include everyone from current Bearden families, Bearden alumni, fans, and more.
When the team found out that Cross was going to use his talents for more than just making field goals, they welcomed the idea with nothing but support.
“Everyone thought it was cool how he’s taking his talents to more than just football and doing something good for the community,” junior quarterback Collin Ironside said. “Since the community pays a lot of attention to us, it’s cool that we can show that our football program is doing good things to the community as well.”
Cross, along with the rest of the Bulldog football team (4-0, 1-0 Region 1-6A), will hope he has plenty of opportunities to add to his tally – 13 made PATs already in 2018 – and get a win against Science Hill (1-3, 0-1) this Friday at home at 7:30 p.m.
Cross’s teammates speak highly of him and believe his noble character shows on and off the field.
“He’s a really nice kid, he just brings a lot of enthusiasm to the team and a lot of excitement to the game,” Ironside said. “Everybody likes him, everyone enjoys being around him, and he’s just a good asset to our team.”