On October 8, the Berkshire Badgers Volleyball Team played a match to help the hungry of Geauga County. Called the “Hunger Game,” referencing the wildly popular book and movie series, the girls sold commemorative t-shirts, took pledges, and had a food drive to collect donations for the Geauga Hunger Task Force. Their opponent, Kirtland High School, also participated by buying t-shirts and donating three boxes filled with food items.
The culmination of the event came on Monday, October 14, when the Berkshire team delivered the van load of donated food items to the Geauga Hunger Task Force food pantry in Burton. There, pantry captain Gene Brun explained to the team how the pantry works and how the community benefits from these donations. Each year the task force provides food for hundreds of families in Geauga County.
“It was great to be a part of this event. I am proud that our team did this and that we were able to help people right in our own ‘back yard’,” said Megan Arnold, one of the captains on Berkshire’s varsity volleyball team.
The Geauga Hunger Task Force has eight pantries spread throughout Geauga County. Joann Randall is part of the United Way team that helps manage the task force. She worked with the Badgers to organize the donation of food and money.
The Badgers Volleyball team knows a thing or two about raising money. Due to budget constraints, players are required to pay a fee just to be on the team. Throughout the season, they do what they can to raise money to cover the costs related to uniforms, equipment, and transportation with the help of the Berkshire Booster Club. Despite the need to raise that money, the team insists on giving back in some way.
The Hunger Game was a chance to give to the community that supports their school and team. Through the sales of commemorative t-shirts, printed locally by NuThreadz, and raffles with donated items from the families of the team, the Badgers were able to donate about $350 in addition to more than 300 food items.
“It was, by far, the best attendance we’ve had this season for volleyball,” noted Brian Hiscox, the Berkshire Athletic Director, referring to the more than 275 supporters at the event.
Limitless Entertainment DJ’s Jordan Kolaric and Monika Koffelt donated their time and equipment to making the event more lively by providing music during breaks in the action.
In the end, Kirtland’s varsity team defeated Berkshire, but the real winner was the surrounding community. They had an opportunity to see some of tomorrow’s community leaders in action on and off the court.
“Badgers showed that real team work can accomplish great things—not just for the school, but the whole community. We are very proud of what they done,” adds Steven Reedy, principal of the Berkshire Jr./Sr. High School.
Berkshire School News is sponsored by