HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - Football season is here, and one of the biggest cross-town rivals is Hazard and Perry Central.
Students from both schools are now coming together to support a coach that is battling cancer.
The goal was to raise $2,500 for Chuck Fugate's medical bills by selling "Just Win Coach" and "Fight Like a Dawg" t-shirts. The Hazard High School teacher and football coach was diagnosed with leukemia in early August.
"It wasn't a real realistic goal because we only have 300 students to make that much money," said Happy Mobelini, the Principal of Hazard High School.
But when Allison Jett, a teacher at Perry County Central High School, saw a story on WYMT about the t-shirt fundraiser, she wanted to buy some for her and her children.
"I kept thinking, 'Why just me? Why just me and my kids? Why can't our whole school do that?'" Jett said.
Then, the entire school staff and football program at Perry Central bought more than 200 shirts, raising about $1,000, and pushing Hazard High School beyond their goal.
The head football coach of Hazard High School, Mark Dixon, says this is an example of how community comes before any school rivalry.
"We're all people here in the mountains and people in Perry County and the main thing we do and what I think our culture is about is about helping each other," Dixon said.
Allison Jett was willing to order the shirts in Hazard High School colors with "fight Like a Dawg" written on the back, but Principal Mobelini had them made in Perry Central colors with "commodores" on the back. No matter which shirt it is...
"It's really not about the shirt. It's about what the shirt represents," Principal Mobelini said.
Which is coming together and never giving up.
Students and staff from schools in different counties have bought t-shirts. The new goal for the fundraiser is $5,000. Chuck Fugate is still in the hospital and was not available to do an interview on Monday.