Volleyball fundraiser set for Oct. 1 match

Everyone faces struggles, and the Waconia volleyball team is set to help on Oct. 1, by hosting a fundraiser during the Wildcats home match against Dassel-Cokato that not only benefits local individuals and organizations, but some abroad as well.

In March, the volleyball team decided to begin raising money to build a well and a school in Haiti, but wanted to think bigger, according to WHS head coach Jim Lee.

“Thinking bigger, we suggested soliciting the other Wright County Conference volleyball teams to assist in the program, which many of them did,” he said.

But a few weeks before the 2013 volleyball season was set to begin, the Wildcats learned that their junior varsity coach, Crystal Gravelle, had been diagnosed with Stage 4 lymphoma.

“We then decided to host a night where we could honor the many tragedies that affect our community,” Lee said.

So on Oct. 1, before, during, and after the Wildcats’ conference volleyball match against Dassel-Cokato, Waconia will play host to a full gym of supportive community members to honor those who struggle.

The struggles reach beyond both teams, but include cancer, Hearts for Harrison, and other life challenges like Dassel-Cokato football player Luke Nelson, who was injured during a game earlier this month.

The Wildcats will be selling t-shirts with the slogan “It takes a village to raise a child, but it a volleyball conference to raise a village,” as well as a “Coaches vs. Cancer” shirt, with those proceeds going to the Relay for Life.

The volleyball team has also constructed blankets that will be auctioned off and the Wildcats have prepared a video tribute that will be shown as the conclusion of the match.

Admission to the match is free for anyone that purchases a shirt.

Contact Melissa Marohl at melissa.marohl@ecm-inc.com

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