Before Greenville High School and J.L. Mann High School meet on the field next Friday, the rival schools will already have been through a friendlier competition: a race to raise the most money for charity.

It started today, with the kickoff of Spirit Week in both schools. The schools have planned several fundraising events throughout next week. Greenville High will raise money for Ronald McDonald House of the Carolinas, and J.L. Mann has chosen the Clement’s Kindness Fund as its beneficiary.

Once the donations are totaled, the schools will present the checks at halftime Sept. 16 during the game at Patriots Stadium.

RMHC of the Carolinas’ mission is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children.

“It is an honor to be selected by Greenville High School for their Spirit Week,” said Marti Spencer, executive director and CEO of RMHC of the Carolinas. “We are amazed by the charitable spirits of the students and are thrilled to have their support in the expansion of our mission.”

Clement’s Kindness was established by the Community Foundation to help meet the medical, emotional and financial needs of Upstate families affected by pediatric cancer.

“We are thrilled to be selected as J.L. Mann’s beneficiary for the 2016 Spirit Week and look forward to working with the students at J.L. Mann High School,” said Bern DuPree, board chairman of Clement’s Kindness. “We appreciate the hard work and time the student body will be putting into Spirit Week and are grateful for their support.”

Backers of the Greenville High Red Raiders and the J.L. Mann Patriots will have plenty of chances to contribute during the coming week.

Find Greenville High Spirit Week events at

See J.L. Mann’s Spirit Week events at

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