AMARILLO, TX - Amarillo CASA is using college football to persuade local citizens to donate money by holding their first CASA Gameday on Saturday, October 21st.
CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. Volunteers are given a kid or family of children to get to know and represent when they go to court. These kids have been removed from their homes by CPS.
"It's just the one constant person they can have to help make their life a little easier," Boardmember Lizzie Mason said.
Last year, CASA helped more than 400 kids but Mason said that is only about half of the children that need help on the High Plains.
"It's a lot of kids and it is something that people don't really want to talk about and don't think that that sort of thing happens here," Mason continued. "But unfortunately it is actually pretty bad here."
Kyle Hubbard was made aware of CASA while walking through the JBK Building on West Texas A&M University's campus. For Hubbard, the issue hit too close to home.
"Growing up my family split when I was young," Hubbard explained. "It was just my mom and it was a lot of the same stuff with drugs in and out of the house, CPS showing up in the middle of making waffles."
Hubbard's experiences, while unfortunate, have been him a great volunteer because he knows what these kids are going through.
"Everybody is in and out," Hubbard said. "Nobody is there to say 'Hey I actually just love you for you. You're not a number or a case, you're a person and I want to get to know that person. And show you your potential and your value.'"
Hubbard has been volunteering for nine months and already helped four kids, one teenager and a family of three kids.
CASA said they need more help and that means more volunteers. That is why they are holding a fundraiser to raise money to recruit and train more volunteers.
CASA Gameday is a college football watch party on the top floor of Amarillo National Bank. It starts at 11 am and lasts until 10 pm. Tickets are $40 and tailgate food and drinks will be provided. For more information, click here.
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