Pink volleyballs, pink T-shirts, pink cookies, pink cupcakes, pink ribbons and pink socks were appropriately abundant on a recent Saturday afternoon at Owens Community College’s Student Health and Activities Center as the Express women’s volleyball team raised funds to help support the Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the 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 Sinclair Community College.
In the span of two hours, the Owens volleyball program collected over $400 through various “pink-themed” activities, which included a bake sale, game ball raffle, T-shirt sale and freewill donation.
For Amanda Mick of Defiance (Defiance), the “Volley for the Cure” event hit home in a personal way as her mother, Mary, is a breast cancer survivor. Additionally, several of Mick’s extended family lost their fight against the devastating disease.
“Just about every person knows someone who has been affected by cancer,” said the sophomore middle blocker. “Events such as ‘Volley for the Cure’ make a difference by showing support for cancer victims and raising public awareness. Cancer has impacted my life personally and I want to do whatever I can to help the cause.”
Owens’ Brittney Bradner (Cardinal Stritch), a sophomore middle blocker on the Express women’s volleyball team added, “As a woman, I feel that it is our responsibility to raise awareness about an issue that affects so many other women on a daily basis. It is important to give back and help others who are or will be afflicted with this terrible disease. The ultimate goal is to find a cure.”
Express sophomore setter Kathy Sabbagh of Fostoria (Fostoria) concluded the “pink-themed” day by encouraging others to help in the breast cancer fight.
“Every contribution makes a difference,” she stated. “I encourage others to support the Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s cancer research efforts.”
In addition to contributions raised, the Express volleyball team won the match against Sinclair Community College by a decisive 25-17, 25-12, 25-23 margin.
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 Express women’s volleyball program ended their 2008 season with a 39-15 overall record. The program captured its ninth consecutive OCCAC championship, finishing with an overall 10-0 conference record. Owens has now won 10 out of the last 11 conference titles. Led by Head Coach Sonny Lewis, the team’s season concluded with a loss to Columbus State Community College in the finals of the NJCAA Region XII Championships.
Express volleyball team members include Chelsea Stover of Wyandotte, Mich. (Roosevelt H.S.); Kristen Gyori of Oregon (Clay H.S.); Kathy Sabbagh of Fostoria (Fostoria H.S.); Brittney Bradner of Toledo (Cardinal Stritch H.S.); Karie Marroquin of Fremont (Fremont Ross H.S.); Mallory Imbery of Curtice (Genoa H.S.); Katie Mullis of Clinton, Mich. (Lenawee Christian H.S.); Amanda Mick of Defiance (Defiance H.S.); Amanda Drew of Maumee (Springfield H.S.); Corine Williams of Toledo (Bowsher H.S.); Brooke Hearn of Luna Pier, Mich. (Mason H.S.); Ja’Lisa Graham of Mansfield (Mansfield Senior H.S.); Chazara Small of Monroe, Mich. (Monroe H.S.); and Brooke Thomas of Findlay (Findlay H.S.).