Byron, Lourdes Take Rivalry Off the Court for a Cause

Posted at: 01/10/2014 11:01 PM
By: Katie Eldred

(ABC 6 News) -- Nothing gets the crowd going, like playing your rival. But at Friday’s boy basketball match up Byron and Lourdes High School decided to take the competition beyond the court.

"We thought we would put our rivalry to good use and come together to do a fundraiser called rivals for a cause," said Byron student council member Margaret Silhasek.

The two schools are using their boys basketball match ups this year to raise money for Olmsted County Habitat for Humanity.

"It makes us feel incredible to give back, we try to do so as much as possible," said Lourdes student council member Jessica Alexander.

"It's important because our community does so much for us, so it's important to give back to the people that help us," said Silhasek.

Of course what's more motivating than a competition.

"It's just going to encourage people to raise money, it's going to be fun," said Alexander.

Each school went through the crowd with the goal of gathering the most money in their buckets. They also held a half time shoot out competition. The school that raises the most money between the two games will win the traveling trophy.

But both schools already feel as though they've already won.

"it's something new, We’ve never worked together before and I think it's just really rewarding," said Alexander.

The next “Rivals for a Cause” game will be February, 7th when the boys basketball teams plat at Lourdes High School. The winning school will be announced at that game.