Two rivals are coming together for a great cause.
Purple Out 2016 will feature the Marine City Cardinal Mooney and Marine City High School volleyball teams joining forces to raise money for pancreatic cancer research. The event is scheduled for Wednesday night, with the junior varsity scheduled to play at 5:30 p.m. and varsity following at 6:30 p.m. at Cardinal Mooney High School.
“We have a great local participant in Marine City and they are very excited,” Cardinal Mooney coach Dennis Caulfield said. “(Marine City volleyball coach) Kelly (Thomas) and I are good friends and a lot of the girls are good friends. We are trying to make this a community affair.”
Caulfield lost his wife Pat to pancreatic cancer just under two years ago and continues to try to bring awareness to save future lives.
“We have to understand that this disease is the second largest killer for people and there’s no early detection,” Caulfield said. “I want to increase awareness and do it as a community. One day I want a cure to be found for early detection and we can see someone we know and love survive.”
For their part, Marine City High School is also eagerly anticipating the event. All donations will go to the Sky Foundation.
“We’re excited about it,” coach Thomas said. “It’s a good opportunity for our two schools and community to come together for a great cause. It’s about more than just volleyball. One of the great things about high school sports is the life lessons that the student athletes learn along the way. This is one of them. Everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer so this is an important cause for everyone.
“Dennis and I have become good friends over the past several years coaching and we were honored to take part in this event. It’s a cause that’s very near and dear to his heart personal for him, so we wanted to represent our school and community and do a good job for him and for the cause.”
But that doesn’t mean the teams won’t be trying their best to win.
“Of course, once the match starts, we’re going to be focused on that and want to win, but the bottom line is we know we’re playing for a good cause and not just for a win.”
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