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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Pioneer Pride: Leavenworth High School Volleyball Dig for a Cure

  • The 2013-2014 academic school year is under way with the fall sports schedule on the horizon.
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  • The 2013-2014 academic school year is under way with the fall sports schedule on the horizon. At Leavenworth High School, student athletes are adjusting to the demands of homework and academic obligations, in addition to sports practices and conditioning.
    Finally, with August nearing to a close, various Pioneer sports teams are anxious to compete against other schools.
    Typically, the bleachers of Leavenworth High School activities and events are filled with Pioneer Pride and fans and students wearing blue and white, but on Tuesday, Sept. 3, Pioneer Stadium will have a pink hue.
    For the second year in a row, Lady Pioneers Volleyball is hosting the "Dig-For-A-Cure" Outdoor Volleyball Match on the football field at Pioneer Stadium.
    The event is a sanctioned tri-school tournament, with JV and Varsity teams from St. Thomas Aquinas and Mill Valley high schools also in attendance.
    A special court surface is laid on the football turf, allowing the volleyball teams the rare opportunity to play outdoors.
    The unique event is designed to increase awareness for breast cancer, strengthen community partnerships, and raise funds for an important cause.
    This year, the Lady Pioneers have partnered with the KU Breast Cancer Survivorship Center.
    "Dig for a Cure is more than a volleyball match, it is a celebration of life.
    It is an opportunity for all of us to unite, honor those we have lost, and stand with those who are currently in the fight against breast cancer.
    It has affected women throughout my family.
    A community event is the ultimate tribute to their memories.
    As an educator and a coach, there is no better way for me to prepare my girls for what life can give or take away," said Josh Padilla, head coach for the Lady Pioneers.
    The partnership with the KU Breast Cancer Survivorship Center has connections close to home.
    Dr. Jennifer Klemp, Associate Director of the Center, is a Leavenworth native and 1990 graduate of Leavenworth High School. Her mother, Mrs. Nancy Klemp, currently serves as the Leavenworth Board of Education President.
    Both will be in attendance for Tuesday evening's festivities.
    Highlights of the evening:
    • Fans will have the opportunity to participate in a number of "pink" activities, such as writing a "Message of Hope" on a seven-foot hot pink banner; wearing a pink ribbon for a donation to the cause; contributing to a "pass the hat" collection, just to name a few.
    • Junior Varsity matches begin at 3:30 p.m.
    • Varsity Pre-Game activities: All-Varsity team picture; Leavenworth High School Pioneer Battalion JROTC Color Guard presentation, National Anthem, JROTC Cannon, and Skydiver jumps in with the game ball.
    • Varsity matches begin approximately at 5:30 p.m.
    • Special Presentation, to begin at approximately 6:50 p.m.; honoring survivors; moment of silence; presentation of funds raised to the KU Breast Cancer Survivorship Center.
    • Proceeds from the Lady Pioneer's fall fundraiser, along with a portion of other funds from the event, will be donated to the KU Breast Cancer Survivorship Center.
    • Students wearing pink will be admitted into the event free of charge and are invited to sit in a VIP section on the field.
    Page 2 of 2 - Standard admission for students is $5 and $7 for adults.
    Please help us to officially kick-off the fall sports season next Tuesday, Sept. 3, at Pioneer Stadium.
    Wear pink, and cheer for the Blue and White!
    Submitted by Leavenworth Public Schools.

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