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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Lady Pioneers volleyball taking fight against cancer outdoors

  • Leavenworth to host matches at midfield of Pioneer Stadium Thursday to raise money for breast cancer research.
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  • The thrill of playing under the bright lights of an outdoor night game is often reserved for football, baseball and soccer.
    Yet come Thursday, it will be Leavenworth volleyball's turn.
    For its annual Dig for a Cure event, which raises funds for breast cancer awareness and research, the Lady Pioneers will host an outdoor triangular inside Pioneer Stadium. Proceeds from the event will go to the Greater Kansas City Affiliate of the Susan G. Koman For the Cure organization.
    "I've been around one before and the atmosphere is awesome," said Josh Padilla, event director and Leavenworth's head volleyball coach. "You get the students involved, get them in pink and in the end zones, and then have the parents in the bleachers and it's just awesome."
    Joining Leavenworth will be Shawnee Mission North and Olathe Northwest. Junior varsity matches will begin at 3:30 p.m. with varsity kicking off at 5:30 p.m. In between, there will be several events such as a skydiving Pioneer Pete, a color guard presentation and the recognition of area cancer survivors.
    "We are going to do some cool stuff," Padilla said. "One real cool thing is we are going to announce anyone involved or anybody who is a survivor of breast cancer and give them a shout out."
    The evening's playing surface and net system is being donated by the Heart of America Volleyball organization. In case of inclement conditions on Thursday, all matches will be moved inside the high school's gymnasium.
    For more information, contact Padilla at josh.padilla@usd435.org or 816-309-6758.
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