Volleyball rivals from Adrian and Tecumseh ‘Team Up For A Cure’

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Jessica Benedict (l) and Jordyn Norkey. Photo by Deb Wuethrich

While they are rivals on the volleyball court, the Tecumseh and Adrian Girls Volleyball Teams will “Team Up For A Cure” on Tuesday, Oct. 16. This will be the fourth year the teams have alternated in not only hosting games, but a number of activities dedicated to the cause of raising funds to fight breast cancer.

This year, donations and all proceeds from the event will go to the Hickman Cancer Center, which provides services for all types of cancer, and the Tecumseh girls have a special person in mind as part of the fundraiser.

“One of our teammates, Samantha Root, lost her mother, Donna, to melanoma recently,” said Jordyn Norkey, a senior captain on this year’s Girls Varsity Volleyball team, coached by Kerry Watkins. “Even though the actual event is toward breast cancer, we thought why not incorporate the fight against melanoma to be part of our event.” Jordyn said black is the color for that type of cancer and would be incorporated into the design on their special jerseys they will wear game night.

“Having that connection with Samantha and her mom really brought us closer together as a team,” said Jordyn. “I feel like that energy toward her and her family when we play is going to be just great and we’ll come together as a team.”

Jessica Benedict, another senior captain of the team, said there is a “big time rivalry” between Adrian and Tecumseh.

“But both teams want to do as much as they can to help fight cancer,” said Jessica. “Having this connection with Samantha just shows the affect cancer can have on mothers and daughters, and might bring even more support for the cause.”
The event is expected to include a relay “running of the game ball” from Adrian to Tecumseh, using cross-country team members and a police escort. Team members are selling T-shirts for $15 and those who purchase them in advance and wear them may watch the game for free. Shirts are available from team members and parents at both schools, and the Tecumseh Girls Volleyball team is selling them at Tecumseh High School through Friday, Oct. 12.

Other activities will include a silent auction, bake sale, a dinner sponsored by Basil Boys at the THS cafeteria, a breast cancer ball raffle and 50/50 raffle, the sale of breast cancer bracelets, and games with prizes.

The JV game starts at 5:30 p.m. and the Varsity game at 7 p.m. Between the games, cancer survivors will be asked to stand and be recognized. There will also be a hairdresser from Tangles to cut hair during the event for “Locks of Love.”
“This isn’t just about us winning a game,” said Jessica. “A lot of people come together, including team members and their parents, for this cause.”

“Basically, it shows how two rivals can come together for one cause and how two separate teams can work as a unit to make this event as successful as possible to raise money toward research for breast cancer and other cancers,” said Jordyn. “Just seeing everybody and the energy that they have is phenomenal. People cheer and we never have negative comments. It’s all positive and with everything going for the cause, it creates a positive energy.”




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