JACKSON TWP — Seneca Valley School District has a few special sporting events coming up in October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The first of the high school's three “pink out” games will be with the girls' soccer team at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the NexTier Stadium. The girls' volleyball team will take to the court for charity at 6 p.m. Thursday, and the football team will play a pink game at 7 p.m. Oct. 12.
“We try to advertise as much as we can,” said Karen Martini, volleyball head coach.
Martini said they let the opposing teams know when they are holding their pink out night so they can participate as well. She also said the boosters purchased pink jerseys for the team to play in for the special game because they were just wearing pink T-shirts to warm up beforehand.
“We try to make it a really nice event because it's for a really good cause,” Martini said.
In previous years, Martini estimated the event has earned about $5,000, which has been donated to a few cancer groups, including Susan G. Komen.
Martini said a student suggested hosting a theme night to raise money for breast cancer research about eight years ago, and since then a different booster parent has organized the fundraiser.
This year, Paula Lymon volunteered to be the event's organizer.
“I thought it was a great cause,” she said, “and I had an opening in my schedule so I was able to do it.”
This year's donations will go to Hair Peace, an organization that helps women and girls obtain wigs during their cancer treatments.
“It's heartwarming,” Lymon said. “I just pray that we get amazing donations so that we can help as many women and girls as we can. We have 14 baskets right now, and they keep coming in.”
In addition to various goods for purchase or to win at the game, Lymon said the team is selling T-shirts, with proceeds being added to the donations, through Evil Lizard. Shirts can be found on the company's website.
“It's really cool for (the girls) because it's a way for them to help someone and to give back,” Lymon said. “It's a good lesson.”
Lymon said she encourages everyone she can to come to the game.