Serving More Than Volleyballs

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the volleyball teams at Naperville Central High School and Wheaton-Warrenville South High School hosted their third annual Volley for the Cure event. The two teams worked together to raise money for Susan G. Komen for the Cure hoping to “ace breast cancer together.”

“We wanted to help plan this event because many of us have been touched by breast cancer,” said Nikki Connors, a junior at Naperville Central. “One of our teammate’s moms passed away from breast cancer so we just want to get that much closer to finding a cure for this disease.”

Before the event, both teams sold T-shirts and asked local businesses for donations. On the night of the event, the teams hosted a 50/50 raffle and other raffles, a silent auction, bake sale, and sold more T-shirts and wristbands.

Before the game began, players from both teams held hands and listened to cancer survivors share their stories, including the mother of a Redhawk player. Each teammate played in honor of someone who has fought cancer, and that person’s name was on the back of her shirt.

“I’m playing for my Aunt Rose,” said Alysia Baznik, a captain of the Naperville Central volleyball team.

“I always play for my sister and I just think it’s awesome how she went through so many obstacles and still is going through so many obstacles,” said Samantha Condon, a junior at Naperville Central. “It’s just such an inspiration for me.”

The Redhawks won the match in two sets, but players say the win was just a bonus.

“The win’s just a plus, it’s all the donations and us just able to help and raise donations and so much money for such a good thing,” said Condon. “Even if we lost it would’ve been the same feeling.”

Naperville Mayor George Pradel and Wheaton Mayor Michael Gresk had a friendly bet on the event. Since the Redhawks won, Mayor Gresk will be wearing a Naperville Central baseball hat at an upcoming Wheaton council meeting.


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