What is Playing for Purpose?

Playing for Purpose is an easy "Do It Yourself" initiative that can be started by ANY sports team (no matter the location, division, sport, affiliation, etc.) that has a passion for philanthropy. The Austin Hatcher Foundation has created a hosting site that any sports team can use for a "giveback game," and each team can customize it however they'd like. There are no minimum fundraising goals, no deadlines, and endless opportunities for how your team can give back.

What is Playing for Purpose?
The Austin Hatcher Foundation partners specifically with the Lee University Women's Lacrosse and Soccer Teams for specific "Playing for Purpose" games that we invite our families to attend. the events below are open to the public, and are great examples of what a "Playing for Purpose" game can look like:
Playing for Purpose

Event Details

October 4, 2024


Open and free to the public

Lee University | Ray Conn Sports Complex

2170 Parker St NE, Cleveland, TN 37311

Kickin It For Kids with Cancer

For the past 16 years, the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer has partnered with the women's soccer team at Lee University to host "Kickin' It for Kids with Cancer," a fundraiser that also doubles as a fun night out for the families the foundation serves in the Chattanooga and Cleveland TN area. This fun night out raises funds and awareness to support families facing childhood cancer, while also providing them with a special and memorable evening of fun, food, and soccer. In the weeks preceding the event, the team helps raise money by selling special shirts to be worn at the game and in the community.

LaCROSSe Out Cancer

3rd Annual - April 5, 2025

On April 7, 2024, over 100 individuals from families affected by childhood cancer came out to the 2nd annual LaCROSSe Out Cancer game at Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn. This community event, presented by Food City, brought together parents, siblings, survivors, and diagnosed children for an afternoon of fellowship, games, food, and fun. The event served as a day of community for these affected families, and a fundraiser for the Foundation, which raised over $17,000 for the Austin Hatcher Foundation to continue to provide mental, emotional, and behavioral health services to families facing childhood cancer.

LaCROSSe Out Cancer

Your turn!

Play for purpose with your team!

You can host your own Playing for Purpose game and rally your team to play for a greater cause. Set up a fundrasining page at the link below and dedicate one of your season games, tournaments, etc. to raise money for children and their families.