Palatine, Fremd Girls’ Volleyball Teams to Compete for Annual ‘Volley for a Cure’ Event

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volley for the cure pink ribbonThe girls’ volleyball programs from Palatine and Fremd High Schools are teaming up as one community to “Paint the Gym Pink” in the fight against breast cancer.

The third annual Volley for the Cure will return to Palatine on Oct. 1. Fremd and Palatine girls’ volleyball will be competing in a Volley for the Cure match, which will be dedicated to all the men and women who have been affected by breast cancer with hopes that this devastating disease will one day be cured.

This year’s event will be hosted by the Pirates at Palatine High School, 1111 N. Rohlwing Rd. At 5:00 p.m. the Junior Varsity, Freshman A, and Freshman B teams will play, followed by the Varsity and Sophomore teams at 6:00 p.m. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

“We know so many people who have been affected by this disease both near and far, we wanted to use October, the breast cancer awareness month, to hold such a large event,” said Joyce Richardson, assistant girls volleyball coach at Palatine High School. “We are hoping that the Palatine volleyball community represented by Fremd and Palatine High Schools and their fans will rally to raise money to help find a cure.”

This year’s event has special meaning in Palatine. Kari Janz, a member of the Fremd volleyball family, recently lost her battle with cancer. Janz and Richardson both played post college during their adult USAV careers and many of their friends and teammates will be at the event. Community spirit will also be evident through the donation of two raffle baskets by Jo Gamroth, whose daughter Jackie Reimann played for Palatine. The Gamroth family was close with Janz and Jo Gamroth will be donating two special spirit themed baskets with handmade blankets representing Palatine and Fremd colors.

Admission to the event is $2; admission is free for students. A bake sale, 50/50 raffle, and prize raffle will also be held. Raffle prize donations already include gift certificates, several rounds of golf, spirit wear from both Palatine and Fremd, two iPods, an iPad, bags of office supplies, a Bulls Jersey, handmade jewelry, a lottery tree, and much more.

All fans are encouraged to “Paint the Gym Pink.” Shirts are being sold online through Waist Up in Palatine. Half of the shirt fee will be donated to this year’s Volley for the Cure fundraiser.

Click here to order an event shirt for Fremd and here for Palatine. Palatine will be wearing dark pink and Fremd will be wearing light pink on Oct. 1. Both shirt colors are available for purchase online.

For more information on Volley for the Cure, please contact Joyce Richardson at