Pink shirts flooded the volleyball court Thursday evening as Buckeye Valley’s volleyball teams hosted Volley for the Cure.
“It raises awareness and money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation in the fight against breast cancer,” said Colleen Stalf, a parent volunteer. “This year we decided that Buckeye Valley would host the event.”
Stalf said the annual charitable event is recognized by the Ohio High School Athletic Association, so high schools throughout Ohio can participate.
“The schools will rotate on who will host the event,” she said. “The idea is you want a match where you will have a lot of people coming to it. We decided that a match against Pleasant would bring in a lot of people because they have been a rival team for years.”
Stalf said that the matches are usually played by only the freshmen, junior varsity, and varsity teams, but “just for this special event we brought our middle schoolers over for a exhibition match.”
“We wanted to pack the stands with pink,” she said.
According to the Volley for the Cure website, the event was founded in 2006 to bring awareness to breast cancer and matches are designated as fundraising events.
In the hall, just outside of the gym, a silent auction was conducted for people to bid on donated items from Delaware area businesses.
Trish Schaad, also a parent volunteer at Buckeye Valley, conducted a lot of the fundraising and solicited donations of items for the silent auction and 13 raffles. She noted that the group also sold a lot of Pass, Set, Cure pink T-shirts.
“The senior parents just threw it out there this year,” she said. “It’s a good fundraiser. It’s good for the teams. It’s good money for us to make for the Susan G. Komen organization.”
Shaad said Buckeye Valley could host the event every year, but “it’s just getting the parent volunteers to get it going.”
According to the the Susan G. Komen website, the organization is a Texas nonprofit dedicated to funding the fight against breast cancer. The organization has contributed more than $2.9 billion to research, outreach, advocacy, and programs in 60 countries.
D. Anthony Botkin may be reached at 740-413-0902 or on Twitter @dabotkin.