Friday, 18 December 2009 00:00
In early October, the second annual “Dig Pink” for Breast Cancer Awareness volleyball match took place at Massapequa High School.
Massapequa Girls volleyball varsity coach Carol-Ann Habeeb-Kiel, the coordinator of the project, invited the teams from East Meadow to join with hundreds of fans to see the match between Massapequa and East Meadow Varsity and JV.
As the stands were filling up, all you could see was pink, from pink volleyballs and balloons to pink headbands, uniforms and even pink cotton candy.
Generous donations from local restaurants and community organizations in and outside the high school, including the Massapequa Federation of Teachers, Strix LLC, Massapequa Community Fund, and the Massapequa Hall of Fame, helped to make a success of this fundraiser in a big way. The program for the games included an appearance from the Unqua School sixth-grade chorus, the Chiefettes, and the cheerleaders.
Coach Habeeb-Kiel took this to another level this year and it was well worth the effort, her hourless labor really paid off with donations for the event totaling over $10,000, which well surpassed last year’s $3,000. Habeeb is a MHS graduate and is all about “giving back to the community and teaching her team to get involved and make a difference” as one parent stated.
One of the most memorable highlights of the match was the flower ceremony. A tribute bouquet to a family member of someone in the community from the past we have lost to breast cancer, a bouquet to someone who is battling the disease now, and a pink carnation from each of the Massapequa Varsity to each of the East Meadow Varsity for hope for the future in battling this illness.
This past year, the Chiefs succeeded in capturing the conference sportsmanship award and another Nassau County title to run their string to an amazing 10 titles in a row. Coach Habeeb-Kiel and her varsity team——Senior Captains Katie Bryson, Katie Newman, and Krissy Silk along with senior Samantha Iazzetta, plus juniors Samantha Berna, Lauren Bedard, Ashley Gubista, Keri Giaquinto, Victoria Maffeo, and Sophomores Erin Bies, Joanne Josephsen, Heather Sweeney, and finally, freshman Lauren Van-Buren all happily learned that 10 was a big number in their 2009 season.