PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – Pink volleyballs, pink T-shirts, pink cookies, pink cupcakes, pink bracelets and pink necklaces were appropriately abundant on a recent evening at Owens Community College’s Student Health and Activities Center as the Express women’s volleyball team and Student Activities raised funds to help support the Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the American Cancer Society and the two organization’s efforts in the fight against breast cancer. Both fans and student-athletes alike wore pink and purchased pink food and clothing items in honor of breast cancer awareness during the Express’ home match against Lorain County Community College.
In a little over two hours, the Owens volleyball team and Student Activities collected over $1,900 through various “pink-themed” activities, which included a bake sale, game ball raffle, T-shirt sale and a pink game worn Express volleyball jersey silent auction.
“Breast cancer can occur at any time in a woman’s life,” said sophomore outside hitter Brooke Thomas of Findlay (Findlay H.S.). “Nearly everyone either personally or through a loved one or friend has been affected by cancer in some one way. Owens’ ‘Volley for the Cure’ provides an opportunity to raise public awareness and funds for this terrible disease.”
Express sophomore defensive specialist Amanda Drew of Maumee (Springfield H.S.) added, “It is our responsibility as women to help in educating other women about breast cancer. Everyone’s efforts are needed to support the breast cancer awareness and research cause and hopefully one day a cure can be found.”
In addition to contributions raised, the Express volleyball team won the match against Lorain County Community College in three consecutive games 25-10, 25-10 and 25-20.
The Susan G. Komen for the Cure was established in 1982 by Nancy Brinker to honor the memory of her sister, Susan G. Komen, who died from breast cancer at the age of 36. Today, Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. More than $1 billion has been raised to aid the fight against breast cancer in the world. The American Cancer Society is a nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy and service.
The Express women’s volleyball program recently ended their 2009 season with a 32-20 overall record and tied for second place (9-3) in the OCCAC. Led by Head Coach Sonny Lewis, the team’s season concluded with a loss to St. Clair County Community College in the semifinals of the NJCAA Region XII Championships.
Express volleyball team members include Ja’Lisa Graham of Mansfield (Mansfield Senior H.S.), Amanda Drew of Maumee (Springfield H.S.), Brooke Hearn of Luna Pier, Mich. (Mason H.S.), Brooke Thomas of Findlay (Findlay H.S.), Alyssa Wielfaert of Toledo (Start H.S.), Danielle Bateson of Fostoria (Fostoria H.S.), Amanda Schuster of Sylvania (Sylvania Southview H.S.), Lauren Lind of Millbury (Lake H.S.), Jessica Knueve of Kalida (Kalida H.S.), Alyssa LaVoy of Pemberville (Eastwood H.S.), Kara Seals of Temperance, Mich. (Bedford H.S.), Maureen Kurtz of Tiffin (Mohawk H.S.), Shelby Schuster of Sylvania (Sylvania Southview H.S.) and Leigha Poulson of Shreve (Triway H.S.).
One of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in Ohio, Owens Community College is a fully accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit www.owens.edu.