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KTRE River Rivalry MVPs give back to their communities

KTRE River Rivalry Organizer Jeff Awtrey , MVP Byron Davis and Lufkin Boys and Girls Unit Director Tracy Mitchell KTRE River Rivalry Organizer Jeff Awtrey , MVP Byron Davis and Lufkin Boys and Girls Unit Director Tracy Mitchell
MVPs donate a share of the proceeds to a charity of their choice MVPs donate a share of the proceeds to a charity of their choice

By Whitney Grunder - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – They hit the hardwood one last time, for a good cause.

Wednesday, the KTRE River Rivalry MVPs got to give a portion of the proceeds from the big matchup, to a charity of their choice.

The players told KTRE, giving back reminds them of where they came from.

"There's not enough that I could do to give back to the boys and girls club because I mean it kept me out of trouble," said MVP for the Angelina County boys, Byron Davis.

"I basically picked the American Cancer Society because my grandma died of cancer so this is for her," said MVP for the Angelina County girls, Amber Carver.

The American Cancer Society, the Lufkin Boys and Girls Club, and the Nacogdoches Animal Services received their KTRE River Rivalry check from each of the MVPs.

"We really appreciate that you give back to places where you come from," said Unit Director for the Boys and Girls Club, Tracy Mitchell.

"It helps keep us going. This lets us know that we are important to the community," said Jamie Shelton, Supervisor for the Nacogdoches Animal Services.

They already know how this money can help.

"It will go right back in Angelina County for our patient services and for some research," said Jenna Lewis with the American Cancer Society.

"We rely heavily on donations for the purchased vaccines and for medical services for the dogs and cats that come into the shelter," said Shelton.

While Angelina County dominated both games, Shana Thompson and Chelsea Leeder took a few bragging rights for Nacogdoches County, when they beat the boys in the three point contest.

"I'm pretty sure they were really surprised and I think they were a little embarrassed," said Leeder.

These girls are excited to donate for a cause they're passionate about.

"We both really love animals and since we were playing for Nacogdoches County, the Nacogdoches Animal Shelter seemed like the best place," said Leeder.

It was an opportunity to show their communities they care, with an experience they won't forget.

"It felt really good. I've never actually been able to give to charity so for the first time it felt really amazing," said Carver.

All of these seniors say they hope to get involved with more charity work in the future.

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