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Playing For Those Who Can't

Samantha Bonifas

October 07, 2019

Conference rivals, the Kenesaw Blue Devils and the Silver Lake Mustangs, faced off at the Mustang’s stomping grounds on September 24. However, this game wasn’t just a regular game for the teams. It was about more than winning and having the best stats. The game was about playing for those who can’t and supporting breast cancer awareness. On the court, players were decked out in pink, from pink socks to pink hair spray and pink uniforms, both teams played their hearts out. The Blue Devils took the first set 25-16. However, this did not discourage the mighty Mustangs. They fought back to win the next 3 sets, 25-18, 25-15, and 25-21 respectively. Head coach, Jennifer tenBensel, commented about Silver Lake’s uproar, “We talked in the huddle how communication is something we can fix, and they went out that second set and did just that. The girls never let up from there.” The ‘Stangs played an aggressive game at the net with a total of 29 kills. In the stands, fans of both teams showed their support by wearing “Block Out Cancer” shirts that were donated by Skupa Agency.

Because of this generous donation, every shirt that was purchased was pure profit. Coach tenBensel added, “Our caring and supportive small town patrons have always supported Pink Night to the fullest.” Many fans also made a pink night pledge. In this pledge, a group of people would make a team and then donate money according to the number of kills, aces, blocks, digs, assists, sets played, points, and wins throughout the game. At the end of the night, 12 teams made a pledge and  $1,468 was raised. Other fundraising events included a cake raffle where each Mustang player and student manager brought a baked good that was later raffled after during the game and a silent auction with prizes donated by pairs of Silver Lake players and student managers, Dustin Karr, Janene Kolbet, and the Silver Lake cheerleaders. The generosity, care, and support from the surrounding communities made the night successful as almost $4,100 was raised. This money will be sent to the Morrison Cancer Center in Hastings, Nebraska for cancer research. Coach tenBensel concluded that her favorite part of the night is “seeing all the generous people we have in our school district that are willing to help out in any way they can. It is truly overwhelming to see the love and support that is shown on this special night.”

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