EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been updated to reflect the change in the event's date.
The Prosper High School senior boys are getting ready to compete against 15 Lovejoy Seniors in five volleyball matches at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 10 at Prosper High School's arena. The teams will be coached by members of the girl's volleyball team. This new annual event will benefit the Relay for Life charity with multiple ways to contribute. Relay For Life is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society that brings communities together in an effort to raise funds and awareness for all forms of cancer.
Luminaries, which are lanterns to honor someone who has or has had cancer, will be on sale at the game for $10 and will be lit up at the Prosper Relay For Life event. Tickets for admission to the volleyball game are $5 at the door and concessions will be open. T-shirts will also be for sale. To add a fun competitive spirit to the game, at the end of each set, the fans of the losing side must donate $1 to the opposing team's Relay For Life.
“I was motivated to create this event to raise money for Prosper's Relay For Life,” Prosper High School Student Council leader Ryan Shirley said in an email. “I've been a part of our relay for four years and I love their cause and all of the good that comes out of this event. This year with the new district alignment, Prosper and Lovejoy didn't get to play each other in sports and I knew there was an opportunity to utilize our schools' rivalry, especially in the sport of volleyball, for something good. Cancer is something that has affected everyone, so any time we can gather as a community to help find a cure it is a great thing.”
The Relay For Life is a community event planned by Prosper High's student council that with take place from 6:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. on April 21 at the high school track. This year's goal is to raise $50,000 for the American Cancer Society. The event will be for all ages with food, games, performances, survivor recognition and other spirited activities.
“I wanted to partner with Lovejoy because I knew their school hosts a Relay For Life event as well,” Shirley said. “So, I wanted to partner together to raise money for both of our relays. I got in contact with Lovejoy's relay event chair and told her our idea for this event and we figured out how we can make it work. Even though all the money raised for this will end up at American Cancer Society, the proceeds will be split and go towards the schools' fundraising totals. We've worked closely with Lovejoy in planning this event.”
Both the volleyball game and the relay will benefit the American Cancer Society and provide a way for members of the Prosper community to become involved in a great cause. For questions or to pre-order T-shirts for the volleyball event contact Student Council leader Ryan Shirley at firstname.lastname@example.org.