The fifth annual SmashCancer girls’ tennis match between Delta and Yorktown will be Tuesday, May 3 at the Eagles’ home courts.
Delta and Yorktown created the SmashCancer concept in 2012 and sold 300 t-shirts that year. In the four years since, more than 4.000 SmashCancer t-shirts have been sold.
This year’s total is over 900 shirts with more being sold every day. Shirts can be purchased at Delta or Yorktown high school or middle school or through any of the players on either team. Shirts also will be available for sale at Tuesday’s match.
One hundred percent of the profits goes to our three local cancer beneficiaries: the Cancer Center at IU Health Ball, the Cancer Services of East Central Indiana Little Red Door, and the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.
This year’s money will increase the total donations to nearly $20,000 over the past five years. Many other schools statewide have adopted the concept, and more than $100,000 has been raised throughout Indiana for cancer organizations.
The main concept of SmashCancer is for rival schools to team up for a common cause of fighting cancer. T-shirts and sweatshirts are available in 14 different colors plus tie dye. The colors represent various types of cancer.
Each player honors a family member or friend by wearing the color shirt that matches that person’s cancer type. In addition, about 20 members of the Delta and Yorktown teams have “adopted” a local cancer patient through special matchups provided by the Little Red Door. In addition, more than 20 businesses have purchased corporate sponsorships, generating more than $1,700 in additional revenue for the charities.
NASH radio 102.5 FM will be broadcasting via live remote from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday at the match.
A special ceremony will start at 4:30 p.m. Honorary first serves will be hit be “server survivors” who are currently battling cancer or who are cancer-free. Players will be introduced in groups based on their shirt colors. A slide show of special photos of family members who have lost their battle with cancer will be shown along with photos of those who are battling cancer or who are cancer-free. Flowers will be given to all cancer survivors in attendance.
Concessions will be available throughout the match.
SmashCancer festivities actually kick off Monday night as the teams gather for a fire-up dinner at the Cancer Center at IU Health Ball. While there, team members will tour the facility, will hear from a health professional, and will make encouragement cards for local cancer patients. They also will sort and bag the hundreds of t-shirts purchased.
Plan to attend this special match on Tuesday evening! Although the focus will be squarely on SmashCancer, the tennis will be excellent, also, as both teams feature many strong and talented players.