Volleyball in the valley is once again at its fiercest when it comes to the competition locally, but as the fight for the top heats up, one outstanding event that brings the girls together on an even playing court has resurfaced for the 10th straight year. On Monday, Oct. 2, teams from 9 participating high schools all participated in the annual ‘Play for the Cure’ event, which raises money for the Kim Horton Foundation as well as Michelle’s Place Breast Cancer Resource Center.
Games throughout the valley will ensue in the following weeks leading up to the playoffs and the participating schools this year include Chaparral, Murrieta Mesa, Murrieta Valley, Great Oak, Temecula Valley, Temecula Prep, Vista Murrieta, Elsinore and Temescal Canyon.
Lake Elsinore Head Coach, Renee Horton, helped kick off the evening at Temecula Valley High School as she helped guide the girls through the infamous Pink Glove dance and also spoke on behalf of the Kim Horton foundation, which honors her late mom.
Kim Horton coached Elsinore to nine league titles and one CIF-Southern Section title and took each of her 10 teams to the playoffs. She died in 2013 after a prolonged battle with colon cancer.
As the night continued, Kim Gerrish, Director of Michelle’s Place, also spoke to the packed gymnasium full of local volleyball girls and their families about breast cancer awareness. Afterward, seniors from the participating schools gathered in front of those in attendance and shared their stories about some of the challenges in their lives or their family’s lives from the disease.
“It is such an honor to be here year after year with so many girls and athletes that all come together for the cause,” exclaimed Gerrish. “When we started doing this we only dreamed it would be this big and years later it is an event that everyone talks about before the season even begins, it’s awesome.”
T-shirts with the ‘Believe’ motto on them, including each school, will be available for purchase at home games across the valley and each school will sign the ‘Believe’ posters that hang at the home gyms during their ‘Play for the Cure’ matches.
All shirt sale proceeds will go to the Kim Horton foundation and funds through ‘Go Pink’ ribbon sales will be donated to Michelle’s Place.
Take some time this October to get out and support the local High School Volleyball teams as they ask for everyone to do their part in helping to find a cure. For more information on the Kim Horton Foundation visit www.kimhortonbelieve.com and for more information on Michelle’s Place visit www.michellesplace.org.