Judson High School in Converse, Texas, is perhaps known more, at least on a national scale, for its football team than for its girls’ volleyball squad, which is currently 0-8, but last Friday, the team, then 0-3, hosted the team from Wagner High School in San Antonio for the annual Dig for a Cure fundraiser, reports Thomas Rodriguez in The Fuel student newspaper.
Rockets 🚀 are back in action 🏐 tomorrow vs @WagnerVolleyba1 in our annual JISD Dig for the Cure game!🎗JV @ 5:30/Varsity @ 7:00 🏐🚀 #RocketPride #JrockVolleyball @thefuelonline @JudsonAthletics pic.twitter.com/H2NjR6Ux5r
— Judson Volleyball (@JudsonVolleyba1) October 16, 2020
In some cases, the “Dig for a Cure” match goes by “Dig Pink,” as in our home state of Maryland, where high school games have largely been cancelled due to the pandemic but club games continue to raise awareness of and funds for breast cancer.
“We’ve done the best that we can, and I think that we’re going to raise a decent chunk of money, I believe. But it’s just a little different this year,” The Baltimore Sun quoted Dig Pink coordinator Amy Markland as saying in Harford County.
The kids are definitely in it, the league coordinator told the Sun, with contests and other events at a climactic ‘Pink Out’ photo and video contest on October 10, all in an effort to spread the word about the cause, launched a decade or so ago by the Side-Out Foundation.
“It’s kind of cool when you think about it,” Ms Markland was quoted as saying. “You’re usually having these individual school games and now without having the official school games right now, but having this league where there’s kids involved that are typically in those schools. Being that whole overused phrase of ‘we’re all in this together,’ but literally, we are all in this together.”
Two years ago, Voxitatis had the pleasure of speaking with Missy Wilson, who, at the time, coached the championship-caliber girls’ volleyball team at Davies High School in Fargo, North Dakota, where the Dig for a Cure event was going strong.
The girls “may be on different club teams,” she told me back then, “but they know, when they come to Davies, this is their team now. Right from the beginning, they’re playing for Davies.”
I am reminded, by these reports from Texas, Maryland, and previously from North Dakota, as volleyball teams across the country host fundraising events of one sort or another for breast cancer, that we really all are in this together. Whether football, music, volleyball, painting, or math is our passion, whether we play in clubs or in schools, whether our team’s the best or the worst, we are ultimately all in this together and all playing on the same team.
Reading about the Dig for a Cure or Dig Pink efforts calls to mind the Maya Angelou poem “Human Family,” an excerpt of which is reprinted here:
I note the obvious differences
between each sort and type,
but we are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.
If only politics were more like volleyball in raising awareness of universal struggles. If only Covid-19 were more like breast cancer in reminding us of common ground.