Lakota West’s 'Volley for the Cure' and East’s 'Hawks for the Cure' events have done more than raise an amazing $150,000 in support of the Susan G. Komen Fund for breast cancer awareness and research.
Both programs find unique ways to get their students and the community involved in their efforts. Most of the events honor breast cancer survivors in some fashion, and promote an authentic feeling of sportsmanship, sense of community and some fun aspects.
More than 1,200 people attended the tenth annual Volley for the Cure at Lakota West on Sept. 13. The volleyball teams host the event but fourteen different student groups were involved in the overall effort.
“This year’s Volley for the Cure was record setting in many categories: largest contribution to Komen ($13,172.96), largest number of businesses contributing to the event (243), largest number of those affected by breast cancer recognized at the event (35 families). Thank you to the team and the army of volunteers for organizing such a wonderful event,” said West’s Volleyball Coach Tracey Kornau.
During the event, Atrium Medical Women’s Center had nurses available to educate and answer questions and
the Premier Health mobile mammography van was also on-site.
Lakota East hosts a series of programs during Breast Cancer Awareness month. The volleyball team held a big event with lots of fun activities, and the girls soccer team and football also held events. Hawks for the Cure t-shirts and promotional materials were sold, and every penny that is collected is donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. There was a renewed focus this year on early detection and a mobile mammography van was stationed at several of the events.
“This year’s Hawks for the Cure campaign truly stretched across the Eastside as nearly every single feeder school joined forces for this very worthy service initiative,” said East Athletic Director Rich Bryant. “It is an amazing thing to be a part of – students, office staff, teachers and administrators worked together to raise awareness in hopes of raising money for a cure!”
Bryant estimates that when the final numbers are tallied, East will donate around $12,000 to the cause.
The student leaders of these programs at Lakota East and West were recently honored at the Oct. 24 Board of Education Meeting.
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, as our way for Lakota to Give Back. These two flagship efforts are wonderful examples of how our students so deeply embrace such community service