Soccer Team State Champs
The Bluegrass Soccer Club U-13 girls team of Versailles won the state championship in its age division May 31 by defeating the Javanon Soccer Club of Louisville 2-0. The team will travel to Sioux Falls, South Dakota to compete in the U.S. Soccer Region II (Midwest) Championships in June.
Team members are front row, from left, Makensie Danaher, Emily Douglas, Carly Graf, Rachel Glass, Leah Brown, Lindsey Sizemore, Rachel Vieyra and McKenna Boyd. Top row, from left, assistant coach Kelly Turney, Mary Lee, Jodi DeJohn, Cassie Martin, Dakota Gadd, Libby Wilhoit, Shanda Painter, Laura Jane Phelps, Saki Kiyama, Abby Helwig and head coach Anthony Chandler.
Schools represented on the Bluegrass U-13 team:
Anderson County Middle School: Mary Lee
East Jessamine Middle School: Makensie Danaher
Foley Middle School, Madison County: Dakota Gadd
Jessie Clark Middle School, Fayette County: Saki Kiyama
Madison Middle School, Madison County: Abby Helwig
Woodford County Middle School: Emily Douglas, Carly Graf, Rachel Glass, Leah Brown, Lindsey Sizemore, Rachel Vieyra, McKenna Boyd, Jodi DeJohn, Cassie Martin, Libby Wilhoit, Shanda Painter and Laura Jane Phelps
Relay for Life Held in Woodford County
At the time of this writing, I have just had the honor of walking in Woodford County’s Relay for Life benefitting the American Cancer Society. The organizers are to be commended for putting together not only a huge fundraiser for the ACS, but a fun event for families to do together. Family-friendly games and a DJ throughout the evening made for light-hearted entertainment in the face of a disease that is anything but light-hearted.
Survivors, including myself, were recognized before the walk began. Drs. Hutchinson and Foley from Woodford Family Physicians presented medals to each one of us prior to the kick-off survivor lap led by event organizers who are also cancer survivors. A wave of purple t-shirts moved eagerly around the track as friends, families, and co-workers cheered us on. This lap always makes me emotional. I noticed I wasn’t alone in my sentimental tears. There’s just something about the caring spirit of the applause of a friend or neighbor that makes me feel loved and proud to be a fighter and winner against this disease. A team lap followed before the official relay laps began.
At 10 p.m., just after the night had blanketed the makeshift track in its full darkness, luminaries encircling the track and marked with names of those being remembered or honored for their battle with cancer were lit while all other lights were extinguished. Walkers gathered around in silence to pay tribute to the names in front of them. A chamber orchestra softly played Amazing Grace, a few poems were read, then walkers made a lap in silence. What a moving experience!
Though the crowd thinned as the night went on, walkers continued to move around the track until 7 a.m., boosted by donations from Starbucks and Dairy Queen, group dances, games, and prize drawings.
If you walked in this event or made a donation to support this event, thank you! Research dollars will continue the fight in hopes that one day our children will have to ask, “Mom, what was cancer?”