Rivalry between schools is normal, but even rivalries, can come together for an important cause.
That is just what happened between the Minford and Valley Jr. High Volleyball teams, as they worked together to host a “pink out” for Minford Second Grade teacher, Melanie Ramey. Looking across the Minford gynamism, one might have thought they were wearing ‘rose colored glasses’, with the amount of pink being worn to support the night’s event.
Minford Junior High Volleyball Coaches and Teams held their annual cancer donation night Monday. Lori Rolfe, Minford Jr. High Volleyball coach, said, “We started this night, many years ago, when Minford teacher, Tara Estep, had passed away, and we wanted to do something to honor her.” It has continued since then, but the theme may change from year to year. The overall purpose is still about donating for a cause, and this year it was for breast cancer, and for Minford Elementary teacher, Melanie Ramey, who has been diagnosed.
“We usually try and do it for someone within our community. A couple of years ago, we did it for a Valley parent, but since Melanie has been recently diagnosed, we thought we’d do it for her. I wanted to make sure it was okay for her and she said that would be okay,” Rolfe said. Ramey, had a lot of her family members attend the game, some even from out of town, to support her.
Rolfe said as of Tuesday, she thought they had raised just over $3,000. All the money raised will be given directly to Ramey.
“We had prizes donated from Ghatti’s, Penn Station, Minford Dairy Bar, Clarktown Pizza, and The Pizza Pub. We then had a serving game between the 7th grade and the 8th grade game, we had a serving game, where if they hit a pink dot, they got a prize.
Rolfe said this year’s attendance was probably the biggest they have had in all the years she has been doing this. “I think it was because she was one of our teachers and with the social media and stuff, you can get the word out so much easier and faster. I think a lot of it though, was because she was one of our teachers.”
Rolfe has been coaching at Minford for at least 13 years. She coached with Estep at first, and then took over, when she passed. “We started it that first year in honor of her, then for a couple of years for her scholarship fund.
When asked if she thought the principals and superintendents of both schools, were good sports, Rolfe said, “This is the first year, Jeremy Litteral, Minford’s Superintendent, had been able to participate, because there had always been a school board meeting. He did a real nice job getting the egg on the head.”
The volleyball girls were real excited about having the event during their games, Rolfe said, “We stayed after school, they stayed at 2:30 and I bought them pizza, then they decorated the gym, they made posters to get ready for it. Then, the high school girls’ volleyball team came down and helped us with the game. That way while the 7th and 8th grade were playing, they didn’t have to worry about it, they could focus on their volleyball game.”
Both Minford(Jeremy Litteral) and Valley(Scott Rolfe) school superintendents came to participate in the evening’s event, along with the principals from each school’s volleyball teams, Valley’s Aaron Franke, and Minford’s Dennis Evans. Little did they know what the volleyball girls and coaches Rolfe and Cassie Carver, had in mind for them. Rolfe had a series of questions and each person got a chance to answer a question, which were read by Jayne. If they got the question right, they did not have to play that round. If they missed, the superintendent from one school and the principal from the other, took turns throughout the game picking an egg from an egg carton and smashing it in the other’s head. Some of the eggs were boiled and some were not. By the game’s end, each of the Superintendents and Principals had had at least one raw egg on their head. None of the men, seemed to mind, as this was all done for fun and a good cause.
Scott Rolfe said after getting an egg on the head, “It was all for a great cause and she(Lori) does a great job, you don’t see this great a crowd at a Jr. High Volleyball game.”
Franke said of the whole event, “I try to be a good sport and I even ended up eating some of the raw egg, just a little bit. Mrs. Rolfe does a great job and it’s cool that two rival SOC schools get together and have a good time for a good cause.”
“It was a truly amazing night to see all of our students, staff, and community members from both schools come together for such a good cause,.” Evans said. “Mrs. Rolfe hosts the Volley for a Cure game each year with Valley and it is always a great night, but this year was a bit more special as the girls chose to play in honor of one of our own staff, Melanie Ramey. It was a bit overwhelming to see both schools truly supporting the night and the cause with so much energy and love, and it seemed to be more of a friendly game than a contest in which everyone present was a winner.”
Jeremy Litteral, who attended for the first time said “I only ended up getting one raw egg to the head. That one, happened to be the one Franke ended up getting in his mouth. This is an awesome crowd, this is a lot bigger than any crowd we’ve had at any high school game this year. Ms. Ramey has had so many of them and made a difference in their lives. Some of the little kids brought her cards, some even brought flowers. Ms. Ramey is still teaching at this time and seems to be doing pretty well.” Litteral seemed to be enjoying all the hustle and bustle of thoughts were the night and hopefully he will be able to attend the next one.
As the excitement was felt by one and all in Minford’s Jr. High gynamism, pink was in full bloom for a wonderful cause and special teacher. All seemed to have fun at an event whose purpose was to help someone they knew, in need.
Reach Kimberly Jenkins (740) 3353-3101 ext. 1928