Thirty Teams Participate In Annual Charity Kickball Tournament
Text and photos by Matthew Ramos, Cypress Woods HS
Cypress Woods High School students raised $9,000 for the American Cancer Society through the eighth annual charity kickball tournament on March 5. Thirty teams consisting of 15 students each donated $300 to raise funds for the spring event that brings the entire Wildcat student body together.
During the lunch break, Cypress Woods’ spirit leaders known as the “Wild Things” played a game against the LIFE Skills students with mental and physical disabilities. In the second year of this game, the LIFE Skills students defeated the Wild Things 33-0 in the first inning by mercy rule.
Fighting cancer has become important to the Cypress Woods community, as 11th-grade assistant principal Jacob Chacon recently lost his wife, Jessica, to a four-year battle with cancer.
In the wake of this loss, a group of students whose kickball team was sponsored by Chacón re-named their team “Team Jess” in her memory.
“The kickball tournament is one of my favorite events each year because it’s such a fun environment,” said senior student Oakley Arave. “This year was extra special, though, because it was for a cause near and dear to my heart and I know all the money raised is going to do a lot of help paying for cancer research.”
The kickball tournament is something Cypress Woods students look forward to every spring, and many teams create bonds that last throughout high school.
“The kickball event really brings us together as students and gives us a fun event that supports a good cause,” said junior TrevorBordelon. The most important aspects of this competition are supporting a good cause and sportsmanlike competition.
“It was so much fun seeing everybody playing the game and seeing Mr. Chacón so happy when Team Jess won,” said senior Hayden Price.
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