Put on your rose colored glasses, or you have on your rose colored glasses, some say, but on this night, it would appear that almost everyone had on those glasses. Upon entering the Minford Middle School’s gymnasium, one could see nothing, but a giant spray of pink and pink tints everywhere.
Minford Middle School Volleyball Team joined with Valley Middle School Volleyball team Monday to help raise money for breast cancer and awareness. Together, they combined to raise $1,200.
The Minford Middle School Gym was all decked out in pink as both teams wore pink. The cheer groups for both teams were standing out in all their pink. The fans on both sides filled the gym with their pink attire. It was so very pink that one could not tell which team was which, making it more of just a game among friends. There were pink hats, pink shirts, pink balloons, and many other pink things for this night.
At half-time of the seventh grade game, Lori Rolfe, Minford Volleyball coach, had spread out on the volleyball courts, prizes that had been donated by several sponsors. The donations came from Wendy’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, Hot Heads, Rapid Fire Pizza, Giovanni’s in Minford, Minford Dairy Bar Johnson’s Designs & T-Shirts, Graff’s flooring, and also SOMC, who donated pink stuff that the girls were throwing out into the crowd.
Rolfe then announced that anyone in the stands could come down and try their hand at serving the volleyball and if the ball landed on one of the prizes, it was theirs. Fans from both Minford and Valley scurried down to show their skills. And in just three minutes, they had raised $133.00 according to Rolfe.
At half-time of both games, Rolfe had set up a trivia type game called “Paint Them Pink” for representatives from both schools’ administrations to answer questions about each other. Representing Minford was the assistant middle school principal, Kristin Ruby and the middle school principal, Dennis Evans. Representing Valley was the middle school principal, Aaron Franke and Valley schools’ Superintendent, Scott Rolfe. If one of them missed a question, they got sprayed pink by the volleyball girls. Franke was the first to miss and the girls loaded his head up with pink. As a matter of fact, Franke got sprayed so much, they ran out of spray and places to spray him. This, was all done in good fun for the cause and all four administrators left the floor covered in pink.
Talking with coach Rolfe, she said, “We have been doing this for several years. I think we first started it, when one of our teachers, Tara Estep, had passed away suddenly and we did it as a fundraiser for a scholarship in Estep’s name.” From there, they turned it into a pink game and they have donated the money to a parent or student who has cancer. She said they had donated to Valley and South Webster. This year, the Minford team and coach are donating to the cancer center for breast cancer and awareness.
The eighth grade Minford girls’ team were quick to talk about what this pink meant to them and their community, and sharing this with the girls from Valley at the same time.
Jadan Book said, “I think it’s fun!”
Macy Puckett said, “It’s really fun for the community and it’s really good to get everyone out here and just have a good time.” When asked about how she felt about Valley sharing this with them, she added, “It really doesn’t matter as long as we are doing the same thing.”
Bella Reffit commented, “I think it’s a really good opportunity for people to come have fun at this game, but yet supporting a cause. I think it’s really cool that two schools can come together and make it one big thing.”
“It’s a good thing, it’s all right,” said Sammi Gampp, one of Minford’s injured players.
“I think its good that we’re making money for a cause, I think it’s good for Valley to do this with us and it helps us get more money for breast cancer awareness,” chimed in Jaden Cartee.
Finally, Rilyn Ashley added, ” I think it’s a great way to raise money for breast cancer awareness and also to allow the teams not to be against each other for their school colors, then be together for the cause. Valley is kind of like our friends in our backyard, because we our schools are so close together. I think it helps raise awareness, especially for the kids who are younger, cause they all come to support their schools.”
Competition is a part of life, it stirs things up and gets everyone involved, and can be a great way to teach and learn. On this night, learning to come together and do something for a great cause taught everyone involved competition is fun and exciting, but sharing something great can be just as fun.
Reach Kimberly Jenkins 740-353-3101 ext.1928