LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Before the Angelina County Boys All-Stars suit up for the fifth annual Pineywoods Showdown, they paid a visit to Harold's House, a child advocacy non-profit organization.
The goal of the visit was to teach the players about how Harold's House helps children who have been abused.
When choosing the charity, it was never hard for Coach Lucas Holloway.
"This is a great organization that gives back to Angelina County," said Holloway.
The team was given a first class look at all of their facilities including the play room, the interview room and the new SANE exam suite.
It was an experience that stuck with the players.
"I think it helps tremendously when the kids are getting to feel comfortable. It definitely helped relieve the tension or pain these kids are going through," said Central High School player, Max Iguess.
"I think it is great with all the kids getting help and stuff like giving them courage to admit what has happened to them. I think it would be really hard to do that so it is great that this place is here to help them," said Hudson High School player, Malek Zaher
With nine days till tip off, seeing what they are playing for only adds to their motivation.
"It's a great motivation to be helping these kids and all the money that will be going to this charity. It will be a really good motivation to win the game," said Zaher.
"It's going to a good, because kid's are the future, so it's great to be playing for them," said Lufkin High School player, Cedvion Harris.
By the end of the visit, Team Angelina had a new fan.
"I'm so proud of these students, who come from the community to learn more about us. They are going to be out there playing their hearts out for these children, so we just want to say a big thank you," said Harold's House's Ashley Cook.
Proceeds from The Showdown will go towards the winning charities of the boys and girls teams.
More about Harold's House can be seen here.