Photos by : Lynn Clark
The Neuse Charter School Lady Cougars are on fire this volleyball season. With nine wins and only two losses, the middle school girls’ volleyball team has shown perseverance, strength and teamwork on the court, but their ultimate character trait comes not from the victory in their eyes, but the compassion in their hearts.
On Monday, Sept. 28, 2015 at 4:30pm the Lady Cougars middle school volleyball team hosts its annual “Think Pink” game to raise money and awareness for cancer research.
Coach Gail Browning, NCS middle school volleyball coach, has organized the event for the past three years. “The reason that I started it when I arrived was due to Dr. Harris, our executive director, who was fighting cancer at the time,” Browning said. “We typically raise between $100-$200 each time.”
Browning said that while October is known as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the girls are hosting this event in late September since it is their last home game prior to tournament play.
Lady Cougars will trade in their traditional royal blue and white jerseys for pink attire as they play Wayne Christian. In a special show of support, the young women will also wear green ribbons at Monday’s game as a sign of respect and solidarity for the opposing team who has a student fighting against the deadly disease.
“They currently have a student named Will who is battling cancer,” Browning said. “Their color of support for him is green. We want to show our support for the cause and their school specifically.”
Amanda Leuser, an 8th grader on the team, has played the “Think Pink” game for two years. “It's not only just about the pink shirt, it makes us feel like we have a part in a fight,” she said. “I think that the member from the school we’re playing is a fighter. It's not every day that people can go back to school with this disease.”
While the middle school ladies are raising awareness, they aren’t the only ones. The high school varsity girls’ volleyball team has also been active participants of the “Think Pink” game for the past three years and the varsity boys’ soccer team is in their second year of supporting the cause with a “Think Pink” game.
“We are trying to get it out to everyone that this disease is horrible and if we all can show our support to the foundation that we might just be able to find a cure for it,” Leuser said. “Let’s beat cancer’s butt!”
Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game and several fundraising activities are planned before and during the game. Monies raised from this year’s event will go to Relay for Life.