ASHBURN, Va. (WUSA 9) — For the past three years, the rivalry between Briar Woods and Broad Run has taken on a deeper meaning.
In a tradition called Battle for a Better Cause, the two teams use the hype surrounding their cross-town rivalry to raise money for a cause close to the hearts of those in the Ashburn community.
Friday’s game at Briar Woods will be a white out in support of childhood cancer research. The game will honor Gavin Rupp.
Gavin, a resident of Ashburn, died in July after a three-year fight with brain cancer. He was 13 years old.
Gavin was a football and baseball fan. His courage in the face of his illness touched those in his community and as the Washington Post reported, inspired Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper. A few weeks before he died, Gavin spent over an hour with Harper and threw out the first pitch at Nationals Park.
For more information about Gavin and to make a donation towards pediatric cancer research in his name, visit IPromise15.
Fans at Friday’s game, officially named Stand up for Gavin Rupp, can contribute by buying a t-shirt designed in Gavin’s memory. They cost $10 and checks should be made out to “GRMF.”
The stadium opens at 5:30 p.m. and the game kicks off at 7:00 p.m.