Padua Football Player Kicks It for a Cause

December 12th, 2017 | News

Football season took on a new meaning for the kicker at Padua Franciscan High School. With each kick, senior Dominic Buttazzoni ’18 raised money for childhood cancer research.

“For every point I scored during the game, a pledged amount of money was donated to the Kick-It Foundation, thanks to dozens of family members, friends, and people in the Padua community,” Buttazzoni said.

Throughout the season, the 17-year-old scored 81 points and raised more than $5,200.

“Cancer affects almost every family at some point, so it is important to find a cure,” Buttazzoni said.

The money raised will be presented to a representative from Kick-It on Friday, December 22, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. at Padua. Dozens of additional checks and donations will be distributed to local charities and non-profits as part of Padua’s Christmas For Others effort.

Last year, students raised $36,000 for the less fortunate. For 45 years, the Padua community has come together in the Franciscan spirit of giving. Since its inception in 1971, CFO has raised $500,000 for charity. CFO is the largest student-run outreach program in Northeast Ohio. It is sponsored, organized and operated by the students, under the direction of Padua’s Key (Kiwanis) Club.