History of Volley for the Cure™
The Inaugural Match of VOLLEY FOR THE CURE™ was hosted by Sycamore and Loveland high school volleyball teams on September 25, 2006.
Their Mission: Pack the Stands with Pink!
VOLLEYBALL FOR THE CURE™ was created by team captains, Karen Gagliardi of Loveland High School and Sarah McGrath of Sycamore High School. The inaugural match between these two schools was a way to honor two women, admired by Karen and Sarah, and their heroic battles against breast cancer.
Sycamore and Loveland High School volleyball teams collaborated to convert a regular season varsity match into a huge event promoting breast cancer awareness and fundraising. With approval from the OHSAA, the players and referees wore custom pink shirts and the teams were allowed to fabricate a special “halftime” which consisted of funny games with fan involvement. This event was dedicated to all men and women who have been touched by breast cancer with the hope that this devastating disease will one day be cured.
Over 900 pink t-shirts were sold in advance and discounted admission was offered to anyone wearing pink (students were free, adults paid $5 vs. the normal $7). Funds and excitement were also raised through a bake sale, raffle and split-the-pot tickets. The event was publicized with the help of local media, school announcements, signs, banners, and emails. The schools buzzed with pink on game day as the players, students and staff wore pink and pink decorations hung throughout the halls.
Attendance exceeded 1000 fans (vs. the normal 50-75) and over $4000 was raised for breast cancer research. Enthusiasm to host VOLLEY FOR THE CURE™ the next year immediately followed, and continues from year to year!