Volleyball Teams Raise Money to Fight Breast Cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Western Academy of Beijing's Tiger volleyball teams celebrated with a charity game on Friday.

Teaming up with their rival ISB Dragons, the Tigers hosted an event to raise funds for cancer research. The teams wore matching pink shirts to show their combined support for the cause. Donations, merchandise sales and contributions from various groups like WAB's Parent Link and Student Council, the teams raised more than 8,000RMB for Coaches vs. Cancer.

"We'd like to thank everybody who contributed to this event, including students, staff, entertainers, athletes and parents," said Eerik Harju, a member of the student group The Winning Streak, which organized the evening's activities. "These types of events are essential to growing the culture and spirit of our school and sports teams."

Along with two exciting volleyball matches, fans enjoyed live music from student bands during the games, an intermission magic show from student Andy Lou, and on-site video broadcast and commentary.

"Despite their competitive nature on the court, our student-athletes realize that their love for the sport can be a conduit for a bigger purpose," WAB's Head Volleyball Coach Caleb Liu said. "We are proud they are cooperating to raise money for such a worthy cause, and we're excited for our shared communities to take part."

Friday's Charity Games were hosted by The Winning Streak, a student-run group at WAB which focuses on sports and event promotion. In collaboration with their counterparts at ISB, this was the first in a series of events that will take place in the 2017-18 school year to raise money for cancer research.

Stay tuned for more events like this in the future!