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By Sherry Fraley
In their annual Volley for the Cure game, Greenfield-Northwestern and Carrollton came together for reasons more than a volleyball game between the two teams. It was “Fight Night” for the Tigers and the Hawks, a fight against cancer, specifically breast cancer, brought them together to raise thousands of dollars to fight for a cure. As the 2021 T-shirts for Volley for a Cure said, ‘Rivals United’, the two teams that usually are bitter rivals came together to raise money to fight for a cure. Donations were brought in from both communities to raffle off, 50/50 tickets were sold, tee shirts were sold, even Greenfield Elementary students got in on the fight. The elementary students came together to raise money with the hopes of putting a pie in their principals’ face! They were given a goal and surpassed that goal by double, raising over eight hundred dollars for Volley for the Cure.
Greenfield volleyball coach, Tyann Hallock, orchestrated the event with the help of her Lady Tigers and assistant coach, Rachael Goodall. The Greenfield gymnasium, which is black and orange, took on a new hue with so many pink decorations and fans wearing pink clothing. It’s October, everyone looks good in pink in October! Throughout the week, high school students dressed up in theme clothing to win prizes, culminating with whoever could get the most pieces of pink attire on themselves for Thursday’s game.
Hallock related, “Carrollton and Greenfield-Northwestern have been hosting this event since 2011 with the exception of 2020 being canceled due to COVID-19. Together, we raised over $2,300 this year to be donated to local families that are fighting cancer and to the Susan G. Komen Central Illinois Memorial. But maybe more importantly our athletes learned that we are battling in a contest when we play the volleyball game, not battling for our lives. This event helps to put that into perspective, especially for the youth who have been affected by some sort of cancer in their lives. It means a lot to them to play for a cause outside of winning and losing on the court. It is the pride that everyone who participates takes in from being part of the ’cause’ that makes me proud of the event. From the children who bring their pennies to the people who dress their pinkest. I want to thank everyone who pitched in, including the personal and business donations for the raffle and all of the students that participated in the events we held at school all week before the ‘pink game’. I hope the students and everyone sees it for what it is, participation for a great cause.”