RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS: ELHS Students to Play Powderpuff Game for Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser

Sunday, October 12, 2014, 5:08 am
Rebecca J. McAndrews
Left to Right: ELHS Seniors Joey Wojda, Bryan  Leek, and Brian Darios

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On Wednesday, October 22 a group of senior- and junior-level girls from East Lansing High School (ELHS) will compete in a powderpuff football game under the ELHS stadium lights to raise money for breast cancer awareness. 

ELHS sophomore Lena Mefford says she always has enjoyed playing football but was frustrated when she was discouraged to do so simply because she was a girl. Mefford entertained starting an ELHS girls' football club, but was advised the one formed in previous years had fizzled out quickly. When ELHS English and Spanish Teacher Jeff Lampi told Mefford about the powderpuff games his students put on for charity at his previous school, she was intrigued and started planning.

What evolved out Mefford and Lampi’s idea is a one-night event where junior and senior girls will compete against one another on the football field while their fellow boy students play the role of “cheerleaders” (they plan on dressing the part) with the goal of raising at least $1,000 for charity. The Spirit Committee planning the event with Mefford wanted to donate locally, so all proceeds raised will benefit Lansing’s “It’s a Breast Thing”, whose mission is to “provide information about breast cancer to women of the Lansing community in a way that brings women together in an environment of creativity, fun, and support.”

Besides the $5/person donations for entry charged at the door, ELHS students are holding fundraising raffles during lunch periods and throughout the game. They are also soliciting local businesses for donations. 

Girls and boys who are participating took part in a tryout and have committed to practicing with their team for three weeks in preparation for the event. Faculty Sponsors Jeff Lampi and Maggie Moore are inviting all members of the community to join their students for the 7:00pm kickoff in support of this local cause.

Disclosure: Rebecca J. McAndrews has two children who attend East Lansing Public Schools and is a substitute teacher for the district.


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