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Local volleyball teams raise money for cancer

Posted: Tuesday, Dec 4th, 2012

Flandreau seniors, Brice Rose, Kelly Johanson, Makayla Dietrich, Kendra Duncan and team manager Melissa Flora hand over the their $1,600 check to Meg Lee (far left) of the American Cancer Society and Donna Smith (far right) of the Moody County walk/run.

By Billy Stitz

Two of Moody County’s high school volleyball teams came together during their seasons to raise funds and awareness for cancer by participating in a Coaches vs. Cancer event.

Colman-Egan and Flandreau high school volleyball teams both took the court towards the end of October with plans to raise as much money as possible for cancer research. By participating in this nationwide event, the two teams were able to raise over $2,200 for the American Cancer Society.

Players from each team reached out to their family, friends and community members in efforts to find sponsors that could donate money based on the girls’ individual stats, team stats or just give a set donation to the cause.

“On behalf of the American Cancer Society and myself, I would like to thank the fans, players, coaches, and everyone involved with Coaches vs. Cancer events this fall in Flandreau and Colman-Egan for their generosity and support,” said Meg Lee of the American Cancer Society. “This outstanding show of support proves that the people in these communities are truly committed to the fight against cancer.”

It was the first time the Fliers have participated in an event where people could donate money based on stats but Head Coach Andrea Gullickson thought it was a great idea and plans to do something similar in the years to come.

Colman-Egan has participated in this type of event a few times in the past and will continue to help raise funds for cancer research in the future.

Flandreau’s Coaches vs. Cancer game was hosted on October 16th vs. Parker while Colman-Egan hosted their event on October 25th in a match vs. Howard. Overall, 294 points were scored in the two matches that helped lead to the $2,200 donation.

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