A volleyball player at Downers Grove North High School in DuPage County, Illinois, was killed as she was crossing the street near her school on February 19, struck by a driver who was under the influence. Last Tuesday, the team celebrated her life at a match and will continue to raise money for a fund set up in her name to assist underprivileged youth volleyball players at a pizza-selling contest Thursday.
The match on October 15 against York High School was titled a “BethStrong” match, and donations to the Beth Dunlap 18 Fund were acknowledged with a purple LED bracelet, North’s color.
Assistant coach Meghan Nauss told the Daily Herald the team would “light up the gym as a symbol of Beth’s light that continues to shine.” The team also sold “BethStrong” T-shirts to raise money for the fund. The gym was packed.
Today my dad sent me this selfie from in his police car. He told me he has a picture of Beth on his ticket book because she reminds him that life is precious and fragile and she keeps him motivated to go after everyone that doesn’t belong on the streets. #18for18 #BethStrong pic.twitter.com/euE6JNumJo
— Madeleine ★ (@maddieekirbyy) September 17, 2019
Pizza Challenge to Benefit Fund
According to the school’s website, four of North’s Intro to Business classes are competing in the MOD Pizza Challenge on Thursday, October 24. From 10:30 AM to 9 PM, “try one (or all!) of the four original pizza creations at MOD Pizza, 1022 Ogden Avenue in Downers Grove. The students who create the pizza with the most sales will be the winner,” the website says.
Regardless of which pizza wins, 20 percent of all proceeds will be given to the Beth Dunlap 18 Foundation.