Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Lee-Davis DECA Fights Cancer At Rivalry Basketball Doubleheader!!

            The Lee Davis DECA chapter has partnered with the American Cancer Society (ACS) in a “Crusade Against Cancer”.  The biggest rivalry game of the year between long-time competitors, the Atlee Raiders and the Lee Davis Confederates will be the culmination of months of activities at both schools to raise awareness and money for The American Cancer Society.  The two schools came head to head in early November in football for the first battle in the Crusade Against Cancer.  The basketball doubleheader will be held at Lee Davis High School at 7052 Mechanicsville Turnpike on Friday January 17th.  Fans of Lee Davis are asked to participate in the second White Out athletic event of the year by attending the game dressed in white.  If fans would like to support the ACS at this game, a donation box will be available on site. 
Lee-Davis DECA has organized a number of activities leading up to the basketball rivalry game.  In the weeks prior to the game, the students and staff of Lee Davis participated in a gift card drive to support young cancer patients.  LD DECA is also selling “White Out to Wipe Out Cancer” t-shirts that can be purchased from any DECA member or at the school store during lunches.  Lee Davis will be participating in a spirit week leading up to the game and will be seeing a return of the Penny Wars coin canisters throughout the school. 
THIS FRIDAY, students at Lee-Davis will be “whiting out” for the game.  Students, staff and community at Lee-Davis will have the opportunity to purchase a “White Out to Wipe Out Cancer” t-shirt that was designed by the Advanced Marketing class.  T-shirts will sell for $10.00 and all proceeds are being donated to the ACS.  Several local businesses helped with the cost of these shirts as business sponsors – N&J Sales & Service, Norvell Signs, Hanover Career Student Resource, Inc., HomeTown Realty (Cindy Overton), Mr. & Mrs. John Wash, Sr., and Italian Kitchen.
This event is part LD DECA’s year long “Crusade Against Cancer”.  Lee Davis clubs and athletic teams are getting behind DECA’s effort for the ACS.  One of the first groups to get involved has been the LD athletics.  The Lee Davis sports teams have stepped up to the plate, each raising awareness for a specific type of cancer. The Lee Davis Boys Varsity Volleyball team held an awareness game for thyroid cancer, the Varsity Field Hockey team hosted an awareness game for brain cancer, and the Girls Varsity Volleyball team held an event for breast cancer awareness. 
Winter teams begin their efforts with the Boys & Girls Varsity Basketball game on Jan. 17th.  According to LD DECA Advisor, Donna Roush, “...the goal for our Crusade Against Cancer was to find a cause that would unify our student organizations in an effort to educate as well as raise awareness and money for a cause everyone has been affected by in some way.”  A “Wall of Honor” has been planned for the main hallway to give students and faculty a chance to post pictures of loved ones affected by cancer.  Kensley Watkins, LD DECA Co-President explains that photos can be placed in three categories:  In Memory of, Undergoing Treatment, or Survivors.  Space on the Wall of Honor can be purchased for $5.00 and $10.00 with 100% of the money going directly to the ACS.  Any community member may purchase space on the Wall in order to honor their loved ones fighting cancer.  “The most exciting part of this effort for the American Cancer Society is that the students put together their plans over the summer and have really worked hard with a great deal of commitment to make this all happen," Roush said.

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