Thursday November 03, 2016
Coaches vs. Cancer Contributes to the Community
South Burlington High School Boosters, athletic department and students hosted their fall Coaches vs. Cancer fundraisers and presented Leslye Kenney of American Cancer Society with a check for over $1,900.
“The Coaches vs. Cancer program that is a part of the ACS,” according to Kenney, “is an opportunity to team up and make a difference in the fight against cancer. This initiative is a collaboration of personal experiences, community leadership, and professional excellence of coaches nationwide to increase cancer awareness and promote healthy living through year-round awareness efforts, fundraising activities, and advocacy programs.”
Cancer awareness is particularly close to the hearts of the SBHS community while their beloved principal, Patrick Burke, fights his own battle with cancer. #BurkeStrong is a consistent theme that resonates with SBHS students and throughout the entire community in an outpouring of support.
Christy Beltrami-Yager, Rebel Boosters co-president, co-chairs the Rebels’ Coaches vs. Cancer events with the SBHS athletic department administrative assistant Lynn Kynoch, and with the help of students from the Rebels Athletic Leadership Council (ALC) and ALC Coaches vs. Cancer Liaison and SBHS Junior, Kimmy Norris.
Beltrami-Yager says, “We hope to raise over $7,000 for the ACS before the end of the current school year. I have no doubt we will hit that mark. Our fundraising efforts go right back into our local community by benefitting facilities like Hope Lodge and other Vermont cancer support programs.”
Funds and awareness were raised primarily during several Rebels Homecoming games by selling #BurkeStrong bracelets, Hope Cards, and hosting Rebel fan participation games during team halftimes. Athletes also wore custom printed pink t-shirts designed by a student and sponsored by local businesses in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness in October.
Norris summarizes the event from the students’ perspective, “It’s important for us to get involved because cancer is such a prevalent disease. Cancer affects people’s parents, friends, grandparents, even our school principal. How can we not help raise money for a cure and awareness?”