It was more than a simple night of fundraising at the Sept. 13 Volley for the Cure event held at Lakota West High School. According to Lakota Acting Superintendent Robb Vogelmann, there was a very authentic feeling of community present that night.
“I was impressed by the compassion and caring evident by all of the players, on every team present,” Vogelmannsaid. “When the players escorted those battling breast cancer onto the floor for the National Anthem, it truly showed the best side of sportsmanship and the human spirit. I’m proud of our high schools for their ongoing participation and leadership in such efforts that make a difference in our community and in the lives of so many people.”
The event marks the tenth annual Volley for the Cure at West, with the volleyball program raising just over $90,000 in previous years - all donated to the Susan G. Komen Fund that supports research to eradicate breast cancer.
"We're excited to see what the total will be for this year," saidElgin Card, Lakota West principal. "The goal was to top $10,000, putting the cumulative total over $100,000. We're eager to hear the results and have big expectations forthe tally."
In between the junior varsity and varsity games, the event included an entertaining “faculty match.” In addition, the survivor room welcomed special guests, while the school’s Main Street was full of games with prizes, split the pot, silent auctions, raffles, mystery boxes, giveaways, and a wonderful sampling of food and drink from local vendors.
During the event, the mobile mammogram van was on hand for screenings and to provide materials to educate and raise awareness in the fight against breast cancer.
Lakota East also hosts similar events that benefit the Susan G. Komen Fund as part of their Hawks for the Cure efforts. The volleyball game is slated for Sept. 29; girls soccer scheduled for Oct. 4; and football game will be held Oct. 14.
All year long, Lakota students and staff work tirelessly to support causes that make a difference in the lives of others right here in West Chester and Liberty townships. After all, the best way to show our appreciation for a community that gives our schools so much is to give right back to it. Look for more “Lakota Gives Back” stories as the year continues.