ucps logo

Archived Stories for Union County Public Schools

Search by Keyword

Powder Puff For Relay For Life!

Senior Powder Puff Players and Coaches (from left to right): Alexa Catherman, Matt Brantley, Dusty Wallace, McCall Reeder, Austin Capps, Breanne Belgee, Emily Martin, Paige Harshbarger, Brooke Bigham, Brianna Zike, Christy Feaster, Laura Bagwell, and Ruth Johnson.

Crowds cheering from the grandstands, cheerleaders cartwheeling and clapping, players running and catching a football: the makings of a typical high school football game at Parkwood High. However, it is the day before Spring Break, and these particular football players wear nail polish and bows in their hair. It is the Powder Puff game, a Relay for Life fundraiser planned by Student Council and Interact Club.

The girls shouted “Hike!” and lunged to block the offense, as instructed by coaches from the varsity football team. Coach to the underclassman team, Ben Crews, says, “I believe football is the greatest game ever created, hands down, and I [coached] to actually teach somebody what I know about my favorite sport.”

The seniors played against the juniors, sophomores, and freshmen, and finished with a score of 7-0. Ruthie Johnson, senior, made the winning touchdown: “I just felt so epic, like I was in a movie,” she says. The underclassmen were disappointed at the loss, but “I was extremely proud of how well we played, even though we lost,” says Crews.

But the highlights of the experience came, for some players, before game day. The underclassman team practiced the basics of football the week before the game, and as Sidney Scott, junior, says, “Every practice was full of laughter.” Both she and Ruthie agreed that the game was a bonding experience. “Despite our team being extremely diverse in both age and personality… and being total strangers, we all got along very well,” says Sidney.

The cheerleaders, to complete the Powder Puff switch, were males, coached by varsity cheerleaders. Their antics entertained the crowd as much as the game itself.

Parkwood’s chapter of Interact sold concessions during the game, and along with ticket sales, the game raised over $500 for Relay for Life, a fundraising event sponsored by the American Cancer Society. Parkwood High participated in Relay For Life at Sun Valley High School on Friday and Saturday,May 4-5.

Written by: Alisha Newton, 11th grade student
Edited by: Regina Snelson
Posted: May 10, 2012 by Regina Snelson

Back to list of stories for Union County Public Schools