The Locust Valley CSD Athletic Department raised $2,911 to support Breast Cancer research and awareness during the month of October in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Two fundraisers were held – the sale of pink shoelaces and Dig Pink.

Through a collaborative effort between student athletes, the LVHS Athletic Council and the LVHS Parent Council, a “pink shoelace” fundraiser secured $2,105 and garnered tremendous support form the entire student body. The money, being donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, was solely raised from the sale of pink shoelaces. Each student-athlete wore the pink laces for every game played during the month of October. The shoelaces were sold in the school store and at high school athletic events.

An additional fundraiser held by the LVHS JV and Varsity Volleyball teams raised $806 for breast cancer awareness.  Through the sale of “Dig Pink” t-shirts and an elaborate bake sale held prior to the Dig Pink volleyball game, the girls and their coaches raised more money than ever in this annual fundraiser. “The girls work so hard on this event because they want it to be a success,” said Janet Ratner, the LVHS  JV Volleyball Coach. Ms. Ratner and Varsity Coach Bobbee Brancaccio helped the teams organize the event. “For some of them it is personal, and in honor of loved ones, they hope to make a difference.” The volleyball teams are already planning for next year’s Dig Pink fundraiser.

“We have a community that feels strongly about helping others and these were great ways to recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” said Mark J. Dantuono, LVCSD Director of Physical Education, Health and Athletics. Mr. Dantuono. “I am very proud of our students and our coaches for thinking of others and recognizing that small acts can make a difference.”