Lady Wolves ‘pink out’ games raise more than $1,000 to fight cancer

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For the second year in a row, Cross Timbers Middle School volleyball players and coaches have drenched games in pink to raise money and awareness for breast cancer.

“We try to find something each season to play for. These past two seasons, it’s been breast cancer,” said Brooke Teeter, a sixth-grade math teacher and volleyball coach.

The mother of a teammate inspired the pink out fundraiser last year, Teeter said. A coach’s mother was diagnosed this year and the team decided to continue the tradition.

For two home games this season, the seventh- and eighth-grade Lady Wolves teams aimed to ‘pink out’ the court.

“Last year was our first year and we just sold pink T-shirts and raised $615,” Teeter said. “This year, parents really got involved. Some donated money and others donated pink shoelaces, socks, bracelets, rings and headbands.”

At this year’s games, those wearing pink were given free admission thanks to a parent donation. This year’s teams raised $1,060, nearly doubling last year’s effort. Half of that will go to the American Cancer Society. The other half will be donated at a three-day Susan G. Komen For the Cure event in Dallas at the beginning of November.

Nikki Leonard, who coaches volleyball at Cross Timbers, was personally affected by the disease this spring when her mother, Mary Teel, was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer.

Teel, a retired second-grade teacher from the Northwest school district, has completed five rounds of chemotherapy.

“She is right in the middle of her battle,” Leonard said. “I think the games encouraged her. It was really motivational and lifted her spirits. Anything to keep her around positivity and seeing that so many people love her and support her was a great thing.”

Leonard said the pink out games have shown her student athletes the importance of supporting others outside of the court.

“We talked a lot about team unity and how this is more than just a volleyball game,” Leonard said. “This is bringing people together for a cause. These kids will know that they have supported and helped so many people.”

Nick Dean, 817-390-7856 Twitter: @bynickdean

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