DOWNERS GROVE – St. Joseph School's fifth-grade volleyball team raised money in honor of their teammate and cancer survivor Mikayla Sweeney while winning the Sept. 7 Montini Bronco Bash.
While Sweeney was participating in the CureSearch Walk for Children's Cancer, they were working hard to help raise money for her walk team, A Cure for Mikayla, from the court.
Before taking the court for their first game, coaches Joe Schallmoser and Page Wilson gathered the girls for an emotional pep talk, parent Megan Sweeney said.
Each player wore a gold ribbon in her hair – gold is the color for childhood cancer awareness – and they ended every cheer with their teammate's nickname. What Mikayla didn't know was that each family and coach from the team had pledged 25 cents for every three-touch rally they completed.
After joining her team half way through the six-game tournament, Mikayla was told about the team's fundraising efforts and presented with a poster tallying their dollars raised up to that moment.
St. Joseph's went on to win the entire tournament and raised $400 for Childhood Cancer research.