Because breast cancer affects the whole family and not just the person diagnosed, we are always looking for ways to engage people of all ages in the fight against breast cancer. One way to get junior high and high school athletes engaged has been through the Volley for the Cure (VFTC) program. Teams big and small have gotten involved, and this year planning for another successful season of Volley for the Cure events is underway.
The Granville High School Blue Aces is one team that has been involved for several years and actually raised the most money in Central Ohio last year, at just over $10,000! We’re excited to spotlight the team and all the hard work they’re putting into Volley for the Cure planning for this year.
Led by parent volunteer Janet Dawson, the decision to get involved again this year was an easy one.
“Volleyball season would not be complete without our Volley for the Cure,” Janet said. “The players love it and the students, staff and fans are huge supporters. VFTC is to volleyball what Homecoming is to football.”
To engage students district-wide, the team planned a series of fundraisers in 2012.
“During our t-shirt sale last year, we also sold raffle tickets for an iPad. We extended the t-shirt sale and the raffle tickets to our elementary, intermediate and middle schools, as well as to our administrative offices. We hope to have an equally appealing item to raffle off this year. The younger kids really enjoyed being involved. We want this to be an event for the entire school district and the community at large. VFTC night usually involves a silent auction and raffle. We sell concessions. We’ve had chair massages and hair feathers. We hold a senior boys game vs. staff members. We do a 50/50 raffle. One of our most enjoyed activities is our “Serve for the Cure” game–pizza boxes, each of which holds a prize, are placed all over one side of the court. Participants pay for a certain number of attempts to try to hit a box, winning whatever prize is in the box. People of all ages partake in that event.”
Whew! If that’s not enough, Janet and the team are hoping to raise even more this year, and remain the top fundraising Volley team in Central Ohio. To do this, planning is in the early stages, but players will be in charge of the t-shirt sale again.
“They recruit volunteers for the seniors vs. staff volleyball game. They are all involved in collecting items for our silent auction/raffle. Our middle school players help man the concession stand and sell raffle tickets during the game,” Janet said.
One thing everyone is looking forward to is the actual Volley for the Cure Match, which will be held at Granville High School on Tuesday, October 1.
“We have our largest crowd on VFTC night, so it’s always a high energy night. Seeing the gym filled with pink t-shirts is always moving. The girls are amazed at how much money we raise in one night, for a worthy cause, in the name of the sport they love,” Janet said.
To join Granville and the other schools participating in Volley for the Cure this year, register or get more information online.