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Southwest Local Schools triples donation goal for Sam Hubbard Foundation, gets off Super Bowl Monday

Students raise $26,474
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Posted at 9:20 PM, Jan 31, 2022

HARRISON, Ohio — One Tri-State school district will not have class Super Bowl Monday after students raised more than $26,000 for Bengals defensive end Sam Hubbard's foundation.

While many districts announced calamity days Monday, Feb. 14 in celebration of the Bengals' first Super Bowl appearance in 33 years, Southwest Local School District wanted to do some good before announcing any changes to the calendar.

In a message to families Monday, the district said classes will be canceled the day after the Super Bowl if students can raise $9,400 for The Sam Hubbard Foundation. The foundation, launched by the Cincinnati native who wears No. 94, aims to combat hunger in Southwest Ohio and provide vulnerable children and families with educational, medical and athletic resources.

"Let’s bring those donations in this week to help #94 fight food insecurity and enjoy a day off to hopefully celebrate the Bengals hoisting the Lombardi Trophy for the first time in franchise history," the district said.

Just two days later, Southwest Local Schools announced students had not only met the goal, but tripled it by raising $26,474.

"You did it…and then some! We’ve nearly tripled our original goal of $9,400," the district said on Facebook. "Let’s not stop there! We’ll keep the online link active throughout the weekend."

Last month, Hubbard was nominated for the 2021 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award in recognition for community service activities off the field and excellence on the field. To donate to the district's fundraiser, click here.

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