Football game pits Batavia v. Geneva with continued tradition of 'Competing for a Cause'

  • For the 101st crosstown classic game, Geneva and Batavia high school football fans will be wearing competing T-shirts Friday, Oct. 4.

    For the 101st crosstown classic game, Geneva and Batavia high school football fans will be wearing competing T-shirts Friday, Oct. 4. Courtesy of Holly Deitchman

Submitted by Holly Deitchman
Posted10/1/2019 2:32 PM

On Friday, Oct. 4, Geneva and Batavia High School football fans will not only be meeting up at Geneva's Burgess Field for the 101st crosstown classic game, but they also will be wearing competing T-shirts.

Both high schools will be selling Geneva vs. Batavia "Competing for a Cause" T-shirts from now until game day. Geneva's sales will support the LivingWell Cancer Resource Center in Geneva and Batavia's will support Cal's Angels and Batavia Activity and Athletic Foundation.


Each limited-edition T-shirt is $15. T-shirt sizes range from adult small to adult 2XL. All proceeds from T-shirt sales will be donated to LivingWell Cancer Resource Center and Cal's Angels and Batavia Activity and Athletic Foundation.

"We are fortunate to live in two communities that are very supportive -- not only of our athletes but of our local charities as well," said Geneva Athletic Director Dave Carli. "Competing for a Cause is about more than a passionate competition; it's about acting as leaders to help others in need."

"There is a special feeling in the air whenever our schools meet in competition. The players, coaches and fans feel it. We capitalize on that feeling during the "Competition for a Cause", and our local charities benefit from it. We are thrilled to be partnering with Geneva High School again," said Batavia High School varsity football coach, Dennis Piron.

The public will be able to purchase Batavia T-shirts (black) from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2 and Thursday, Oct 3. in the foyer of the Main Street entrance of Batavia High School. A limited number of T-shirts may be available for sale on game day. If G-shirts have not sold out, shirts may be purchased at Rotolo Middle School's outdoor pavilion from 9 a.m. to noon on Sat., Oct. 5. Students may purchase T-shirts during all three school lunch periods Wednesday, Oct. 2, Thursday, Oct. 3 and Friday, Oct. 4.

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The public will be able to purchase Geneva T-shirts (blue) in the GHS contest gym foyer from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, and in the GHS cafeteria from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3. Students can purchase shirts during their lunch period from Thursday, Oct. 3, and Friday, Oct. 4.

Geneva Unit District 304 is a growing school district located 35 miles west of Chicago in the Fox River Valley. It serves 6,000 students in 10 schools -- one high school (grades 9-12), two middle schools (grades 6-8), six elementary schools (grades K-5), and one preschool. The community's high expectations for student performance are reflected in the district's "Tradition of Excellence," in which student achievement levels far exceed state and national norms. Learn more at

Helping students learn and grow in all aspects of their development is the mission of the Batavia Public School District 101. There are literally thousands of ways this mission is carried out inside and outside of classrooms, and the impact is enormous. BPS101 serves more than 5,900 students at six elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school. The district also has an Early Childhood Center, which provides tuition-free preschool instruction for typically developing students as well as students with special needs. In addition, 50 students each year in grades 3-8 from BPS101 have the opportunity to enroll in the John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School at Aurora University's Campus. This unique learning environment is designed for students with an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math. For more information about BPS101, visit

Cal's Angels is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization initiated after Cal Sutter lost his battle with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia at the young age of 13. It is our mission to grant wishes, raise awareness and fund research to help kids fighting cancer. Your continued support helps us achieve our mission and we are grateful to every one of you. Learn more at

The Batavia Activity and Athletic Foundation is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes and, in particular, to supply the community with access to programs, facilities, supplies and transportation for participation in athletic and other educational extracurricular or co-curricular activities. Learn more about this new foundation at

LivingWell exists to provide compassionate care that empowers, encourages, supports and offers hope to patients with cancer and their families. Their unwavering commitment is to ensure people facing cancer feel empowered with knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by the supportive community created by LivingWell. LivingWell's focus is to help cancer patients and their caregivers learn vital skills that enable them to regain control, reduce isolation and enhance their quality of life.

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