The Iroquois girls volleyball team did more than beat the Cheektowaga Warriors on Tuesday. They also raised $1,600 for the Dig Pink Volleyball, a breast cancer education and research foundation.
The players presented a ceremonial game ball to breast cancer survivor and athletic office secretary, Jan Capizzi. Cheektowaga served the ball to Iroquois and then the ball was presented to Capizzi. “She was very appreciative, teary-eyed. All the girls gave her a hug, it was awesome, very heartfelt,” said Iroquois coach Laura Carlson. “She’s an amazing woman, very strong. She wants to educate people and have them realize while it’s a tough time, you can get through it.”
Carlson said before the season she was approached by a couple of her volleyball parents about supporting the foundation. The fundraiser quickly gained momentum as players from the varsity and junior varsity teams solicited donations from the community and spearhead a raffle that included 47 baskets. “It was a nice community event. And hopefully it will be bigger next year,” said Carlson.