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Rival Eagle County teams unite to raise funds

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Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Daily The Vail Mountain School and Vail Christian High School volleyball teams joined forces Tuesday night to raise funds for Jack's Place in Edwards in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

VAIL, Colorado – On Tuesday night, Vail Mountain School hosted Vail Christian High School’s volleyball team and fans for a match and a special fundraising effort in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

They called the event “A Think Pink Match.” Athletes and fans wore pink, the game ball was pink, and pink breast cancer awareness bracelets were distributed to the officials and coaches.

“It was a very good experience for both teams to come together and support one cause,” said Clare Elich, VMS’s volleyball team captain.

The athletes, coaches, officials, and fans who made a donation to Jack’s Place, A Caring House in Edwards were entered into a raffle to win the game ball. The raffle raised $425, all of which will benefit a full week’s stay for a patient at Jack’s Place, which provides day or overnight accommodations for patients, their caregivers, and their family members while they receive treatment at the Shaw Regional Cancer Center.

“We started this initiative a few years ago after realizing how many people and their friends and family are affected by breast cancer.” said Vail Christian head coach Cathy Alexander, who spearheaded the effort, comments,

“I was proud to be a part of an event that included two teams that consider themselves rivals coming together and thinking of more than the game,” said VMS head coach Mike Garvey. “Both teams showed great leadership in being able to work together and still compete. It was a unique experience.”

As both teams signed the game ball after the match, they congratulated each other on playing well and serving a local organization in such a thoughtful way.

For more information on this topic or Vail Mountain School, contact Director of Communications Emily Tamberino at (970) 477-7174 or etamberino@vms.edu.

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