OHIO VALLEY —High schools in the area are working to help raise funds and awareness for breast cancer and the Susan G. Komen Foundation through sports, all as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.
In all of these events, the crowds are encouraged to wear pink to show their support to end breast cancer.
South Gallia will be hosting a Pink Out on Friday, Oct. 13 as part of their home game against Wahama High School. Each year the Pink Out is held to honor survivors of breast cancer and those still fighting against it. They also raise funds for the Susan G. Komen Foundation through selling special pink out t-shirts. The South Gallia National Honor Society (NHS) coordinates the event.
Survivors at the game will be honored and introduced as the highlight of the evening. Members of the SG NHS have also put together special gift bags for survivors.
“There have been a lot of ladies in our school that have been affected by or survived breast cancer,” said Rylie Sanders, president of South Gallia NHS.
There will be pink out t-shirts for sale leading up to the game, which can be purchased by contacting the school or a NHS member. They will also be having a prize drawing at the game that everyone can participate in.
All of the money raised will be split; half going to the Komen Foundation and half going towards SGHS’ National Honor Society, which will use the funds locally for upcoming community service projects.
Many schools in Gallia, Meigs, and Mason Counties are participating in the national event Volley for the Cure as a part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Occurring annually in the fall for several years, schools across the country do fundraisers to support the Susan G. Komen Foundation, which funds research and treatment for breast cancer patients.
Teams from the tri-county area will be raising funds through t-shirt sales, bake sales, and cash drawings at the games, and prize drawings. Funds raised will go towards the Susan G. Komen Foundation, which provides the shirts. Many of the teams will be wearing special pink uniforms in honor of cancer survivors.
“Unfortunately there is always somebody in our community suffering from cancer,” said Wahama Volleyball Coach Matt Vanmeter. “We try to support in the community and help them out.”
Wahama will host their Volley for the Cure on Oct. 10 at home against South Gallia. They will have basket sales during the game and t-shirts for pre-sale by contacting the school.
“It’s one of the few times that it’s okay for the event to overshadow the sport,” stated River Valley Volleyball Coach Brent Smith. “The girls get into it and enjoy helping others.”
RVHS will play Athens at home on Oct. 3 and are fundraising until then. They will have a bake sale during the game and are selling t-shirts leading up to the game. All of the proceeds will benefit the Susan Komen Foundation.
“Volley for the Cure is a great cause and it’s nice to see it taking place in the schools,”said Kim Hupp, Southern volleyball coach. Southern will host Wahama on Oct. 9 in all pink to volley for the cure. They will be having fundraisers at the game as well, selling t-shirts to raise money for breast cancer awareness.
Volley for the Cure was started in 2006 in Ohio and has increased throughout the state. In its eleventh year, Volley for the Cure is now all over Ohio raising funds through high school volleyball for the Komen Foundation. The Susan G. Komen was founded in 1982 after Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister to end breast cancer. According to their website, the Komen Foundation has raised nearly three trillion dollars across the globe towards research, education, and community outreach.
In recent years the Komen foundation has been active in the tri-county area as well, offering free or reduced screenings, fundraising, and a grant at the Center for Women’s Health at Pleasant Valley Hospital.
Other teams in the region may also be participating in Volley for the Cure, and readers should check with their preferred school to learn more.
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