Number of Participants: 100
Hours Donated: 4
Value of Time Served: $3,380
Event Type: Health & Medicine
School: Hilton High School
Date: October 10, 2022
Hilton High School
East Avenue, Hilton
Yesterday 10/10/22 was just 1 day of a long tradition for the Hilton Girls Soccer Program, even though coaches have come and gone, the tradition has remained a priority, raising over $50,000 over the years.
It started by raising awareness for Breast Cancer and raising funds towards Making Strides as a community service. As families and former players started sharing their stories, educating our students athletes became a significant part of the awareness process. In the last few years we learned about the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester, right here in our community. I have referred to them as the “Treasured Gem” in our Rochester Area, assisting so many individuals diagnosed. Not only did our program want to continue with raising awareness for breast cancer, but we wanted to raise awareness to BCCR. This organization has helped directly with former players, coaches and families of our players – it is our privilege as a program to give back to them, so they can continue with their quest.
*We have over approximately 100 student athletes and coaches in this program. Our families and community has been so supportive, without them all we would not be successful.
*Our program started this year on October 1st – The start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month – 10 Day Challenge. We took to social media in every way possible to gain donations. BCCR assisted me with setting up an online donation site and QR code. Throughout the 10 days, coaches had conversations with their teams regarding our traditions.
Then at the end of our 10 Day Challenge, we ended with the “Fighting Breast Cancer” Games (Girls JV and V).
JV Game – a message was communicated over the scoreboard about Breast Cancer Awareness & BCCR – while the JV Players and our opponents took to the stadium and formed a united ribbon to symbolize we are united in this fight.
Prior to the Varsity Game – All students athletes and Coaches were asked to come to the track, given pink flags with messages on them – “Walked together – United as 1, with 1 lap” – while the scoreboard played images of previous years events/involvement.
½ Time of Varsity Game – We called for all survivors & their families and a BCCR Rep, to take to the field and be recognized. Another message was played on the scoreboard, along with all JV/V players communicating who they dedicated these games they played today too.
Throughout the games, players and parents took donations at the gate, 50/50 raffle, t-shirts and bracelets, to raise donations in combination with our online/QR efforts.
*The message we spread when educating our student athletes, especially as a survivor myself now, is that “This” is much bigger than the game we are playing. The game teaches us how to persevere, have strength, face & overcome adversity, courage, life skills they will need to overcome challenges that may come in their life.
Check out this link to see the story in the news:
Here are 2 different videos played during the Games on 10/10 on the scoreboard as they walked and recognized survivors.