MUNSTER | Members of the Munster High School volleyball team had more than one reason to play hard this past season.
In addition to playing to win, the team was playing to make a difference for cancer awareness. Their efforts scored more than $500 in funding for the Cancer Resource Centre in Munster.
To help raise money toward a cancer care, the MHS volleyball team hosted a “Kills Against Cancer” game. Players secured pledges from family and friends for each kill that the Munster varsity team scored during a match against Hobart.
A “kill” is a hit in volleyball that the opponent does not touch or only touches once and a point is scored. Supporters pledged up to $1 for each Munster kill. Some people also gave donations at the match that night. In all, the team raised $546.36 in one night.
“We have had many families in the volleyball program directly affected by various cancers and we wanted to show that we care and wanted to make a difference,” said coach Tracy Summers. “We played Hobart that night and asked them to wear jerseys that were pink (representing breast cancer). We did the same thing as well.
"We decorated the gym with balloons and posters that represented different cancers. We also had a poster on the wall in which people could write notes to loved ones that were struggling with cancer or who had left us,” she said.
Proceeds from team sales and raffles benefit the Cancer Resource Centre in Munster, a program of the Community Cancer Research Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of cancer care in northwest Indiana and the south Chicago suburbs. All services of the Cancer Resource Centre – support groups, mind-body-spirit classes, educational offerings and a resource library - are offered free of charge to those in need.
For more information about the Cancer Resource Centre, visit www.cancerresourcecentre.com.