Volley for a Cure


North Carolina volleyball rivals put their differences aside once a year to raise money for a worthy cause.

Grimsley High School and Page High School, both located in Greensboro, NC, are usually bitter rivals whenever they meet for any athletic competition. Once a year, though, the drive to win takes a backseat as the girls on the two volleyball teams come together to raise money for charity. This year's "Volley for a Cure" volleyball match took place on October 1st, and it raised money for the American Cancer Society.

Since 2007, the annual Volley for a Cure event has taken place each October. It alternates being played at Grimsley and Page every season (this year it was hosted by the Grimsley Whirlies). Every year, the teams come together to choose a different charity to benefit with any proceeds they collect from the game. Last year, the event donated money to the fight against Lou Gehrig's disease, and the year before that, it went to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

This year's event, which was organized by Carla Meissener, featured several creative ways for the teams to raise money for the American Cancer Society. In addition to all the proceeds from ticket sales going to the charity, the 50 girls who comprise the two teams all made various treats and goodies to sell at a bake sale. The teams also sold about 300 t-shirts emblazoned with the Volley for a Cure logo and the date of the game, and several local businesses donated items that were raffled off to members of the crowd.

In the end, Grimsley came out on top of the match. The Whirlies beat the Page Pirates in three straight sets, which upped their record on the season to 14-1 overall. The game itself, though, was secondary for the girls who were playing. "It's always fun to play in front of a big crowd like we've got here tonight," Grimsley captain Natalie Beardsley told the News and Record. "To play for something really important just means that much more."

Judging by the attitude that pervaded the Grimsley gym, the crowd also felt like the game was somehow more important than a usual high school volleyball match. As the marching band performed outside and the crowd enjoyed the brownies, cake pops, and cookies they had bought at the bake sale, many of them also acknowledged the Wall of Honor that was set up on one side of the gym. Members of the crowd and the teams were able to post the names of family and friends who had died from cancer or were still fighting the disease, which really drove the message home to those in attendance.

To find out more about the work of the American Cancer Society and to learn how to donate or hold your own fundraiser, visithttp://www.cancer.org/involved/index