AHS Volleyball

Ashville High School Volleyball players will wear gold ribbons on their shoes during September to raise awareness for childhood cancer. Photo courtesy of Mara Mattison

In the time I've been writing about Ashville, three things have impressed me most. One is the city's appreciation for its own rich history. Another is the city's ability to sustain its clubs and organizations. But mostly, it's the citizen's eagerness to help others.

The museums hold ceremonies and give guided tours. The school sport teams hold marathons to support their athletic department. These are worthy endeavors and valuable lessons: good old American work ethic.

And the Ashville spirit club has a nearly steady stream of activities, raffles and the like. The proceeds go to help the children of the city, the underprivileged and beyond, a worthy organization indeed. And one that puts the "fun" in fundraising.

Now, Ashville's Girls' Volleyball Team is following suit.

Throughout the month of September, the girls will be wearing gold ribbons around their shoes. This is a symbolic gesture but an important one. It raises awareness for Childhood Cancer.

Outside of the gym at the games will be donation boxes for those who wish to contribute. The month is not over yet. So, the sum is yet to be seen. But considering the social conscience of Ashville's citizens, one would not be surprised at a generous amount.

The contact person for this noble cause is Mara Matteson. She is the coach of the Girls Volleyball team. Her email is mara.mattison@sccboe.org. According to the school secretary, email is easier way to get in touch with than phone for team schedules and other means of contribution.

A final word for the Asheville High School Girls Volleyball team: I've never used this expression before, and will likely not use it again.

You go, Girls!

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