On October 11, 2019, the Bucs and the Hoyas will take their longtime backyard rivalry onto the field at Buccaneer Stadium in Acworth. And while the outcome of this game will grant bragging rights to the victor, the 2019 game will mark the first time the two schools will rally around raising both awareness and funds for a common cause.
Turner Cockrell, a 2016 graduate of Allatoona, died in late 2018 after a year-long battle with cancer. Turner was an inspiration and a joy to all who met him and keeping his legacy alive through a non-profit foundation became the passion of his college friend and roommate, Cody Markel.
Cody founded Turner’s Heroes as a way to honor Turner’s love of all things related to superheroes and to help raise money to fight pediatric cancer. Turner’s Heroes three-fold mission is to: 1) provide patients at children’s hospitals with a means of escape and enjoyment, 2) provide superhero themed events like “Hero Day” for patients and communities, and 3) raise funds (and awareness) to see a world where pediatric cancer no longer exists.
The week leading up to the Harrison/Allatoona game, both schools will be hosting and sponsoring different events to highlight Turner’s Heroes. One of the unique tactics of Turner’s Heroes is the cape program, where kids and adults receive their very own cape in exchange for a donation and then decorate it however they want to show their support. This makes all Turner’s Heroes events both fun and very meaningful to all involved. Both schools will have capes available with their respective logos to show school pride and support for Turner’s Heroes. A special presentation is also being planned for halftime during the game.
Make sure to mark your calendar now for this important game/event. More information about Turner Cockrell, Cody Markel, and Turner’s Heroes can be found on the official website at TurnersHeroes.org and on Twitter at #teamturner