Lehighton Area High School's colors are maroon-and-white, but a lot of pink was integrated at last night's volleyball match.
There were a lot of things different in the matchup between the Indians and East Stroudsburg-South during the event in the LAHS gym. Cheerleaders were present, the high school band was there and played music during time-outs, the LAHS show choir sang the National Anthem, and even parents got to test their abilities at serving the ball.
The theme was "Match With A Meaning," with the volleyball team joining with various organizations to help with breast cancer awareness.
October is "Breast Cancer Awareness" month, with pink being the designated color by various cancer charity and treatment organizations, including the American Cancer Society.
Lehighton volleyball players wore pink tee shirts. The coaches - male and female - also wore these shirts. The cheerleaders waved pink pom poms. There was pink ribbons on the bleacher railings.
Even the game programs were printed on pink paper.
At the entrance to the game, a student collected donations to be used for breast cancer awareness projects.
The LAHS athletic department, Lehighton Area Volleyball Parents Club, and players all were involved in the event.
Between the second and third games, a break was taken during which individuals - parents or students - could pay money to serve and attempt to hit a target containing the name of sponsors who donated prizes. The funds all were used for breast cancer awareness.
A statement in the program read, "This evening, together as a community, we show our full support in the battle against breast cancer. Match With A Meaning is dedicated to all of those who have had their lives impacted by breast cancer. This evening, we think of those survivors, who have been lost, but yet always remembered, and all of the family members who have supported these individuals."
The Lehighton volleyball team made the night complete by emerging victorious.