The Anson Bearcats and Chesterfield Rams will face off on the gridiron for the fourth annual “Battle for The Border” contest at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 8 at Anson High School.
The winning team will take possession of a trophy presented by non-profit hospices serving the two counties, Anson Community Hospice and Hospice of Chesterfield County.
“I am very proud to be associated with anything that hospice does,” said Anson Athletic Director Terry Mabry. “I had the honor of hospice helping with the passing of my mom and they were so comforting. I know what they do for the families. This is a great thing they are doing for our athletes. Chesterfield is a class act, and we are excited to continue this rivalry.”
Chesterfield High’s Athletic Director Craig Hatcher said that the Chesterfield High Athletic Department and football team are excited about “continuing the competition with Anson High for the Battle For The Border trophy.”
Hatcher also said that he “would like to thank Hospice of Chesterfield County and Anson Community Hospice for sponsoring this event for each of our athletic departments.”
Anson High is hoping to take possession of the trophy for the first time, after falling to the Rams in the previous three attempts. Chesterfield won the inaugural “Battle For The Border” contest 34-7, but the last two meetings have been decided by one point. The Rams won 27-26 in 2015, and 13-12 last year. Chesterfield holds a 5-2 series lead over the past seven seasons.
“Hospice of Chesterfield County is pleased to partner with Anson Community Hospice to recognize the student-athletes at Chesterfield and Anson high schools,” said Cindy Beard, Hospice of Chesterfield County community relations and development coordinator. “We look forward to continuing this tradition in the future as a way to also raise awareness about the availability of hospice care and services in our communities.”
Anson Community Hospice Chaplain Chris Thornton said that “Anson Community Hospice is proud to partner with Hospice of Chesterfield County, and support this great football rivalry.”
Lisa O’Neal, outreach and volunteer Coordinator said that their goal is to “educate our community on the benefits of hospice services, and to provide quality compassionate care to families and patients in their time of need. “
Anson Community Hospice, a division of Richmond County Hospice Inc., and Hospice Haven, combined to form a non-profit called “Hometown Hospice,” which has been a leader in the end of life quality care in our community since 1985.
Hospice of Chesterfield County is a community-based, non-profit hospice founded by local churches and concerned citizens, that has been providing compassionate care for the terminally ill since 1993.
For more information contact Anson Community Hospice at 704-695-1595 or Hospice of Chesterfield County at 843-623-9155.