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Playing for a cause

Posted on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 11:54 am

By John Harvey

H-P reporter

The first weekend in October signifies the official start of fall with trips to the pumpkin patch, visits to haunted houses and the final days of the State Fair in Virginia.

For Beaverdam’s Youth League, as football players, cheerleaders, coaches and parents celebrated life and awareness as part of their annual Play for a Cure game held Saturday, Oct. 7 at Beaverdam Ruritan Park.

Bobcat football players and cheerleaders added a splash of color to their traditional black and white uniforms, sporting pink socks and ribbons in support of breast cancer awareness month. The spirit also extended to the sidelines as coaches donned pink shirts and several enthusiastic fans had streaks of pink in their hair to help raise awareness for this disease.

The yard lines were chalked in pink paint for the cause. In addition, “Home of the Bobcats” in pink chalk was printed in each end zone, along with the pink ribbon associated with support for breast cancer.

But the festivities included more than just the regularly scheduled River City Youth Football League games on the schedule as they had raffles, giveaways and bake sales to raise funds for the Virginia Cancer Society.

“The turnout was great,” said Beaverdam cheerleading coordinator Sammi Dawson. “We raised $919 dollars and we have a business donating to make it an even $1,000. This doubles the previous year’s totals.  The response was good as a lot of people were buying baked and donating to the cause.”