October 7, 2008 —Jersey Village High School athletes joined the fight against cancer last weekend when they participated in the 18th annual Susan G. Komen Houston Race for the Cure.
Eighty-six participants, including JVHS athletes, coaches and parents, raced as part of the team “Jersey Village High School Volleyball” on Saturday. The team raised more than $2,500 and won the Largest Public School Team award.
JVHS volleyball coach Lori Boyles organized the athletic department’s participation for the second straight year. Female student athletes from the volleyball, cross country, track and field, soccer and golf teams—as well as physical education students—joined the school’s efforts.
“I was very impressed with our student participation,” Boyle said. “It’s a really awesome experience, and a lot of them are surprised at how much fun they have because running can seem like a hard thing. It turned out to be a big team bonding thing, which I highly believe in.”
Boyles has kept the breast cancer awareness theme alive at JVHS by scheduling a “Dig Pink” volleyball match on Tuesday, Oct. 7 against Cypress Falls, during which fans wear pink and can donate to the fight against breast cancer.
Boyle said she takes satisfaction in seeing the effect of the JVHS athletes participating in such fundraisers.
“A lot of the kids aren’t exposed to community service opportunities as much anymore, and so anything we can do as teachers and role models to get them involved is a great opportunity and a great experience,” she said.
Jersey Village High School female student athletes gather for a picture prior to running in the 18th annual Susan G. Komen Houston Race for the Cure near downtown Houston on Saturday.
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