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PINK Means ‘Giving’ At The John Cooper School

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For the sixth consecutive year, the JV and Varsity volleyball teams at The John Cooper School have generated a week-long campus-wide event with pink attitude in the spirit of giving to breast cancer research.

The week of pink-themed activities on campus, culminated in Dig Pink® games against Southwest Preparatory Conference rival, St. John’s on October 20. The annual event raised funds to fight breast cancer research, specifically for stage 4 metastatic breast cancer, through the SideOut Foundation. Funds also go locally to The Rose, a Houston organization that provides screening, diagnostics and treatment services, regardless of ability to pay.

Cooper’s varsity volleyball team line up to sing the national anthem prior to their 3-0 victory over cross-town SPC rival, St. John’s School, at the Dig Pink® fundraiser for breast cancer research on October 20.

Cooper’s varsity volleyball team line up to sing the national anthem prior to their 3-0 victory over cross-town SPC rival, St. John’s School, at the Dig Pink® fundraiser for breast cancer research on October 20.

The entire school got into the pink spirit. The team raised funds and awareness throughout the week with wrist band, bandana and t-shirt sales and the Middle School volleyball teams sold cookies to support the effort.

Game day, in addition to pre-game festivities sponsored by the Dragon Booster Club and staffed by Upper School Interact members, Lower School students sang the national anthem with senior vocalist Emily Moses, Middle School dancers performed and the stands were filled with Dragon fans in all shades of pink.

The entire community of The John Cooper School, donned pink to support breast cancer research at the Dig Pink® fundraiser and volleyball game on October 20.

The entire community of The John Cooper School, donned pink to support breast cancer research at the Dig Pink® fundraiser and volleyball game on October 20.

Special guests on hand were Eleanor Kent and Julie Mathews from the SideOut Foundation headquarters, located in Virginia, who were there to say thank you to the school. Also on hand was a representative from The Rose, Sarah Dorenbach, and Cooper parent, Rhonda Salerno, a breast cancer survivor, who gave an impactful talk about the importance and impact of raising funds for breast cancer research.

“The event was incredibly exciting,” said Cooper’s Athletic Director John Hoye. “Once again, our students and community fully supported the volleyball team’s charitable efforts to find a cure for breast cancer. The volleyball players who led this effort should be extremely proud of the results.”

Game on! Cooper’s varsity volleyball team prepares to battle SPC rival, St. John’s School at the Dig Pink® fundraiser for breast cancer research on October 20. The Dragons beat St. John’s, 3-0, but breast cancer research was the real winner.

Game on! Cooper’s varsity volleyball team prepares to battle SPC rival, St. John’s School at the Dig Pink® fundraiser for breast cancer research on October 20. The Dragons beat St. John’s, 3-0, but breast cancer research was the real winner.

The following night, the Dragon football team topped off the week at the home football game versus Fort Worth Country Day, with the crowd donning pink yet again to generate awareness and funds for breast cancer research.

In the past five years, the Cooper community has raised over $80,000 for this cause. Last year, Cooper’s Dig Pink® effort raised more than any school in the nation. There is still time to donate to this year’s campaign. Go to https://giving.side-out.org/campaigns/11640.

Visit the Hello Woodlands Facebook page for more photos from the Dig Pink Game:

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