It was more than just a volleyball game between Sandusky and Fremont Ross today, it was an inspirational event.
The Little Giants hosted the second annual Hitting to Heal: Kids Helping Kids event that benefits Alexa's Butterflies of Hope. The foundation was started by Warren and Wendy Brown after their daughter Alexa lost her battle with medulloblastoma, a form of brain cancer, in 2009.
All the money raised today goes to assisting Sandusky County families of local children who develop cancer. Every year the Ross volleyball players find a different charity to play for, this was the second year in a row that they chose Butterflies for Hope, and this year they went up against their rivals from Sandusky.
"This is really important for us because it's for a good cause. We used to do it with Clyde because this is for the Clyde Cancer Cluster, buts since we got out of the GBC this year, the game wasn't scheduled for us so we talked to the Sandusky coach and they agreed that they wanted to do it to help us with this cause," said Mckenzie Schneider, a senior on the Little Giants squad.
The Clyde Cancer Cluster, that Schneider referred to, is the large number of youth from Clyde and the surrounding areas that have developed cancer. No answers have yet to be found as to why there is such a high number of children with cancer in that particular area. The Browns are from Clyde.
Raffles and a 50/50 were held and players on both teams wore special shirts with the Hitting to Heal logo and their names and numbers.
"[We have] about $1,500 of donations to raffle off, and we're hoping to raise about two to $3,000 for the foundation this year, " said Fremont Ross volleyball booster Tim Honaker.
In the end they came up just short of their goal...but not by much. All totaled the event raised $1,762 for the foundation. The team will present a check to the Butterflies of Hope at Wednesday's home volleyball game.
As far as the game between the Little Giants and the Blue Streaks goes, Ross came out victorious three sets to none.