Lady Warriors help ACS make strides

Published 10:37 pm Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Players from the Nansemond River High School girls’ basketball program and varsity head coach R. Calvin Mason participated in the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk on Saturday in Norfolk.

It was the fourth year Mason and players have been involved in the event, which started in Harbor Park and featured a three-mile walk through downtown Norfolk.

Members of Nansemond River High School’s girls’ basketball program participated in the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk on Saturday in Norfolk. Front row, from left: Queenie Mason, Kye’la Arroyo, Tahja Burch, Tashira Burch, Markeisha Howard and Tiffany Mason; back row, from left: Daurelle Dougles, Annicia Woods, Sabree Clegg and Ashley Wilson.

Members of Nansemond River High School’s girls’ basketball program participated in the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk on Saturday in Norfolk. Front row, from left: Queenie Mason, Kye’la Arroyo, Tahja Burch, Tashira Burch, Markeisha Howard and Tiffany Mason; back row, from left: Daurelle Dougles, Annicia Woods, Sabree Clegg and Ashley Wilson.

“It’s part of what we try to do as a basketball program,” Mason said. “We try to have one community service project each month, and that was our first one for the year.”

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Making Strides Manager Tami Brown said $95,876 has been raised to date from Saturday’s event.

Mason said, “I was amazed the first time we participated how many people are actually involved.”

There were about 1,800 paid registrants this year, according to Brown, while approximately 4,000 people total walked in the event to which everyone in the Hampton Roads community is invited.

Brown was pleased with how everything came off, saying, “We were very, very excited.”

Mason said the Nansemond River group paid the fee to enter the walk, but added, “We make a larger donation in January when do our breast cancer awareness game.”

“We also had two of the survivors that we honored last year that participated along with us,” he said, referring to Jacqueline Washington and Geraldine Odom.

Mason said the issue of breast cancer is important, especially for young ladies. “It’s a big part of their lives, whether it’s directly affecting them right now or not,” he said.

While he said no one is directly affected by it this year through an immediate family member, this was not the case a few years back when Ciera Mobley was with the team. Her mother was a breast cancer survivor, and Mason said, “That really brought it a little bit closer to home, so we’ve tried to be actively involved.”

He said the team goal is simply to contribute to the financial efforts aimed at stamping out this dreaded disease.