BEVERLY HILLS — With what started as an idea in the early fall to give back culminated May 13 in the Birmingham Groves gym, as the Falcons volleyball team handed a check to the Karmanos Cancer Institute worth more than $3,000.
“As a team, we decided we needed to do something to give back to the community. We decided that we were going to do a Pink-Out game. Obviously, breast cancer hits close to home with women. So with us being an all-girls team … we decided to give it a whirl,” coach Jennie Brown said. “There has been cancer battles in the past with very close family members of the team, so this did hit very close to home.”
Groves used its match with West Bloomfield High in October as the conduit to raise money.
The Falcons and their families made shirts, sold bake goods and ribbons, had raffles, and the school donated all the money from the gates.
Groves contributed $3,106.77 for breast cancer research, in total.
“I think for our first go at it, we did really well,” Brown said. “I think it was a great success.”
Senior Emily Prosyniuk agreed.
“We put a lot of effort into it, and we really tried to get a lot of people to come out to the game,” she said. “It felt really good once we saw everyone that came to the game, and everyone wearing pink. It felt really good to be successful with the whole thing.”
Prosyniuk added that the team really took ownership and was excited about the prospects as soon as the idea was mentioned.
“I didn’t realize how much we were raising while it was happing and when everything was coming together,” she said. “Now that I found out that we raised over $3,000, it’s crazy. It’s a really good feeling.”
Karmanos Manager of Events Karry Samulski was on hand to accept the donation.
“It’s so inspirational to see young girls and young people in general coming together for the cause,” she said. “It’s such an incredible thing and really paves the way for the future and the next generation.”
Next season, Brown said the team plans on having a game benefiting the Arthritis Society.