Sports Spotlight: October Hits Close To Home For Crawford Volleyball

CRAWFORD (October 13, 2013) -- October has become a special month for Crawford volleyball. Not because the Lady Pirates are currently the top ranked team in the state in 2A and chasing a district championship, but because it's breast cancer awareness month and it hits close to home.

"The month of October is just, kinda, the second round of district for us. So it's a lot of hectic, trying to get ready for the playoffs, and that type of stuff," said head coach Jeff Coker. But then with it being breast cancer awareness month, that's also really special, just because it meant so much to my mom as a breast cancer survivor. It's just always been a big time for us to try and raise as much money as we can."

About two and a half years Coker's mom passed away from bioduct cancer, but she's always been associated with the pink out effort at Crawford.

"It's really special for me just that they attach my mom's name to it, just because my mom was such a blessing in my life," said Coker. "Always being positive throughout the whole cancer stuff, but then also just positive and encouraging to me throughout my whole life. So now that my mom's name and kind of memory is attached to it is just really special."

The event has grown bigger each year. In 2012 the Lady Pirates raised over $5000 for Susan G. Koman.

"Being a small school and the fact that we can impact Susan G. Koman so much with the amount of money that we've raised, said Crawford outside hitter Ky Foster. "It's just a big part of our volleyball season in the month of October for us,"

"We're supporting all the people out there with breast cancer and raising all that money for them," said Crawford Libero Tori Phillips. "And many people in our town have been affected by breast cancer."

"I know a lot of us have been affected by cancer. If we can continue to raise money for research so that some day we can beat this disease and people don't have to go through it anymore, that's the ultimate goal," said Coker. "We want to try and save as many people as possible."

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