PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD/WYZZ) — The Manual High School girls’ basketball team took a leap of faith and felt good in the end.
Rams players helped raise $1,000 and donated it to the Susan B. Komen Foundation in the fight against breast cancer. The team handed over the check on Friday.
“It makes me feel good because Manual is always under the radar, our women’s team is under the radar,” Rams women’s basketball coach Hollie Nelson said. “That’s one thing we do every year is give back to the community. I teach them that they should always give back.
This is the seventh year that Manual has been part of a “pink game” as a Komen fundraiser. But this is the first season the Rams have not partnered with another school to raise funds.
This year, the Rams raised the money independently.
“I felt like as a team we thought we were independent and we could do it. We took that to heart because we came together,” said elder Alexis Smith. “And it’s been difficult because of COVID.”
The team held a silent auction for basketball shoes and raffled off items at its Pink Night game in February.
“We were lucky enough to do this all on our own,” said senior Maryonna Williams. “And it was really good!”
The Rams are hoping this will be the first in many years the team has been able to hold its own fundraiser.
“We are actually a family. Everyone cares, everyone supports everyone,” senior Keyanna Crowder said. “We are very strong.”