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A number of North Carolina High School Athletic Association teams have been actively involved in their respective communities with some worthy causes.
Recently the Big East Conference women's golf teams dedicated their conference match to breast cancer awareness. According to Susan McGuire, head women's golf coach at Hunt High School in Wilson, the athletes and their families bought t-shirts and raised over $250 for the Susan B. Komen for the Cure fund in the name of the Big East Conference.
Coach McGuire said, "As a 14-year breast cancer survivor, I have always wanted to do something to help others be aware of the possibilities and to honor those who have survived and to remember those that didn't. The coaches all supported the idea and I am very proud of our conference and our girls."
Teams involved in the golf match included Hunt, Fike, Southern Nash, Northern Nash, Nash Central and Rocky Mount.
The Greenville Daily Reflector has reported that Pitt County high school volleyball players are very active around the community.
Winterville South Central hosted a volleyball event for breast cancer awareness, using both gymnasiums on the South Central campus for the fundraiser. Teams involved included South Central, D.H. Conley, Greenville Rose, Farmville Central, Rocky Mount, New Bern and Wilmington Hoggard. The goal was to raise $3,000 for cancer research.
In addition, D.H. Conley recently completed a service project that resulted in blankets for children in the pediatric intensive care unit in a local hospital.
Conley athletes made blankets for Pitt County Memorial Hospital in August and around 35 of them were delivered to the hospital in September.
The players used their own money to purchase the material to make the blankets, and they gathered following a preseason volleyball practice to finish making them in one night.
According to the Reflector, Conley volleyball coach Jennifer Gillikin said, “Sometimes high school kids can get too involved in winning and worry only about what happens on the court. This was a great chance for our team to come together and it's important that they learn to support the community that they play in.”
Our congratulations go to all these schools and their athletes for their tremendous effort on and off the playing court, field or course!