Proviso East, Proviso West Volleyball Teams “Volley for a Cure”
October 16, 2015 03:10 PM
On Thursday, October 8, the girls’ volleyball teams from Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School played each other in their annual match versus each other at Proviso West.
While Proviso West won the match, the real winners were both teams and cancer research as part of "Volley for a Cure."
"Volley for a Cure" was originally started at Proviso West seven years ago, according to Mr. Jerry Jenkins, Proviso West girls’ volleyball head coach, as Proviso West designated one game each season as a fundraiser for cancer research. This was in honor of Ms. Diana Medina, a Proviso West assistant coach and a breast cancer survivor. The event eventually evolved to the annual match against Proviso East in a show of unity against a common foe during October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
"We let the parents and spectators purchase a raffle ticket to help our cause," Mr. Jenkins said. "It’s a really fun event, with a lot of people coming back and bought a few more extra T-shirts."
This year’s Volley for a Cure raised about $200 for cancer research, Mr. Jenkins said. Both teams wore special shirts for the match, and then enjoyed dinner together afterwards.
"It’s our favorite game of the year," said Breanna Williams, the team captain for Proviso East and a junior at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy. "When you can play the sport you love and support a good cause, that’s great. It’s a great event to be a part of."
Ms. Tiffany Milner, the head girls’ volleyball coach at Proviso East, said that Volley for a Cure is "a great opportunity for the girls."
"It’s for a cause because they know someone who has been impacted (by cancer)," Ms. Milner said. "We thought it would be a good gathering."
Ana Gonzalez, the team for Proviso West, echoed those thoughts, saying that she enjoyed playing for family members and other loved who have battled cancer. One family member passed away from cancer, she said.
"I feel great playing for him because it goes out to him and everybody else," Ana said. "It’s always a pleasure playing for them."
Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, said that she is proud that the two squads are able to come together in a common cause.
"Cancer is a disease that affects everybody," she said. "I am excited that the teams from two of our schools are able to come together and work together for a common cause. I congratulate the teams on their efforts and I thank them for their hard work."
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