Wednesday’s Richmond at Centerville girls tennis match will have a greater impact than the meeting between two area rivals generally carries.
The annual matchup will be a “Smash Cancer” fundraiser, with proceeds donated to the American Cancer Society.
“I heard about the cancer event at a coaches clinic, and the coach at Delta spoke about it, and I thought it would be great to stage this,” said Centerville coach Randy Ecker.
The slogan behind “Smash Cancer” is “two teams … one goal.” The first “Smash Cancer” outing was in spring 2012 between Delta and Yorktown.
T-shirts will be sold during Wednesday’s outing, with a $3 profit per shirt going to the American Cancer Society.
“It’s a great cause,” said RHS coach Randy Hollingsworth. “I think we’re going to have a lot of people there.”
The match is scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m. on the Centerville High School tennis courts.
“When I asked our girls about if anybody in their families was affected by cancer, they all stepped forward and had been affected in some way,” Ecker said. “I thought that it (the Richmond match) would be good to choose this match to bring a lot of people out, and to support a good cause.
“Instead of being Richmond versus Centerville that night, it will be both of us versus cancer.”
Both the Red Devils and Bulldogs are coming off strong showings in this past Saturday’s Richmond Invitational on the Tiernan Center courts.
Host RHS won the event as the trio of Peyton Young, Rei Tsuyuki and Kaitlin Kramer swept the singles championships. Richmond tallied 44 points to take the team title.
Centerville placed third in the eight-team event, narrowly missing second place behind Oldenburg Academy.
“It’s a great thing and we’re looking forward to playing that match against them and seeing all the people,” Hollingsworth said.