Payton Girl’s Basketball has a busy month ahead of them. The team organized a fundraiser embedded into their season: their February 4 game against Woodlands has been deemed the third annual Breast Cancer Awareness game, in which the team will donate all ticket sales to the American Cancer Society.
The idea originated three years ago on the bus to an away game, when a conversation with fellow teammates prompted 2013 graduate Kara Rodby to organize the first ever Breast Cancer Awareness game. Current senior Nina Mesfin remembers: “The whole team immediately jumped on board with the idea because it was a simple way to show our support and contribute to this cause.”
In preparation for this year’s game the team has ordered matching pink socks and has planned pink-themed decorations as a show of support. The team doesn’t stop there; when you’re at the game look for the tape on their wrists on which players will have written the name of someone in their lives who’s been affected by cancer.
“It’s a very strong source of motivation during the game. When you are exhausted and look down and see that name, you are reminded of a battle that goes in the lives of women every day,” Mesfin explains.
So if you’re looking to have a great time while donating to charity, make sure you come support the girls on February 4.
A little over a week later the girl’s basketball team is hosting their senior night. On February 13 they play a home game against Amundsen where the team and their fans will recognize senior captains Lara Jung and Nina Mesfin as they lead the team in their last year of Payton basketball.