‘Losing is not an option,’ volleyball team raises funds for cancer research

Photo by Kyle Paup
Volley for the Cure night raised over $2000 for breast cancer research through various forms of fundraising, including T-shirt sales and raffles. The team won against Bartlett with a score of 2-0.

By Kyle Paup, Editor in Chief

Volley for the Cure night on Sept. 29 raised over $2000 for Susan G. Komen breast cancer research.

The girls volleyball team has not hosted this event for four years, but hosted a Volley for Villa night two years ago with a similar theme.

Volleyball players were responsible for coming up with the idea to host a night this year.

“They really weren’t a part of it (last time). It was important to them, so they asked ‘can we do Volley for the Cure’ and I said sure. It’s a lot of work, but it’s way worth it,” head coach Kris Hasty said.

T-shirts were sold during lunch hours prior to the event.

“T-shirt sales were probably our biggest money maker. I think we sold most of them, close to 500 shirts. I saw a lot of students wear the shirts throughout the day and into the game, which was awesome,” Hasty said.

On the night of Volley for the Cure, Bishop gym was dressed in pink, the official color of breast cancer awareness.

A wall of honor was made out of paper designed to look like pink ribbons to acknowledge those in the battle against breast cancer, and remember those who have been claimed by the disease.

Each paper had a name written across it, and a cross drawn next to the name if they have fallen to breast cancer.

New additions were placed on the wall one by one, beginning to form one large ribbon.

Several baskets designed by the players for raffling were outside of the gym, along with a bake sale that stretched down the athletic hallway. A split-the-plot raffle game also filled with tickets as the night progressed.

Before the varsity game began, both teams sat on the sidelines wearing the same pink jerseys.

Spanish teacher and breast cancer survivor Susan Junkroski spoke about her fight and emotionally touched the crowd in front of her.

As other survivors in the stands were called one by one, a player ran up to deliver a pink flower and a hug.

After everyone was honored, the game began and the Wildcats won against the Bartlett Eagles in two sets.

“We played really well. We didn’t have a real challenge, but I felt that our team was really clicking,” Hasty said.

According to senior captain Grace Kelley, Volley for the Cure was the team’s biggest of the season and everything went well.

“We raised a lot of money and our whole squad was there. Everyone was cheering on and it was for a great cause so I’m really happy with how everything went,” Kelley said.

The team is currently 2-2 in conference and plays Larkin on Oct. 7.