Volleyball—A Season in Pink
Think pink! The Model Secondary School for the Deaf (MSSD) girls volleyball team wanted to make some changes to their uniform style. They wanted something that would represent both themselves and their school while also conveying a message. That message was breast cancer awareness.
"We discussed the uniform change with the athletic director, Mark Burke," said team player Jade DeLaO. "At first we were considering red, but as October is breast cancer awareness month, we decided to go with pink. Our goal was to make others notice we were wearing pink uniforms and to wonder why. We received a lot of compliments, that's for sure, and that made us feel good about ourselves."
The team hosted a car wash to raise money for the new uniforms and reached their goal in just two days. They wore the new uniforms for the Spike Out volleyball tournament held on October 4-5 at the Texas School for the Deaf and then for the remainder of the season.
In addition to breast cancer awareness, the uniform color also served as a remembrance of MSSD student Mary Ann Gardner and her mom, Laura Snyder-Gardner, who was also MSSD's soccer coach. They died in a tragic house fire in February of last year. Mary Ann's favorite color was pink, so the pink uniform was also in honor of her and her family.
"Perhaps by the power of the pink uniform, the girls had a very successful season, clinching first place in our league and securing second place in the overall league playoff, said coach Tamer Mahmoud. "Our record stands at 15 wins and 10 losses, with a 6-1 league record. I am proud of all the girls coming together and playing well in a tough tournament and in a season with many away games."
Seven out of the 11 players were seniors, and the team will need to train new players for next season to keep their playing "in the pink." If they keep up the spirit of this year's team, there's no doubting they will.