Archive for Thursday, August 17, 2006

Volleyball, soccer players wash cars to raise funds

August 17, 2006

It was a day of sun and suds for several Lansing High School sports teams hoping to raise money Saturday, Aug. 12, by washing cars.

With crews stationed at Petro Deli, Payless ShoeSource and Advanced Auto Parts, members of the Lansing High School volleyball and boys soccer teams flagged down local motorists, hoping to garner donations while providing free car washes. Randy Brown, boys soccer coach for Lansing High, said it turned out to be a good day for the event.

"I don't know how much money we made," Brown said. "The morning turned out very cool and overcast but then the sun burned through so it just so happened that we had a nice hot day."

Perfect weather for a car wash, according to Brown. The team has typically done car washes and garage sales in the past, and despite competition from the volleyball teams, had a productive day. Though the use for their funds has yet to be decided, Brown said it's generally the same each year.

"The school provides the uniform but what a lot of the soccer players like to have is an additional athletic shirt," Brown said. "And also to have an Under Armor thing which the school doesn't provide."

This was the second and final car wash for the LHS soccer team, and brought a close to the season's fund raising efforts.

"Since our season starts, we don't do anything else," Brown said. "Now we just want to play and have a good time."

For the volleyball teams, however, Saturday's car wash was not the final fundraiser. Despite raising over $1,000 combined at the car washes, volleyball coachJulie Slater said they still have a few more weeks until they're done. But the girls list of expenses is much longer than that of boys soccer.

"Tennis shoes for J.V. and Varsity, pizza and pop for the alumni game, senior flowers :" Slater said, listing some of the main expenses.

It was the season's last car wash, however, and Slater said she couldn't be happier with the outcome. Like Brown, she praised the balmy weather.

"It was a great day for the car wash," Slater said. "The girls always have a lot of fun. It's kind of a fun bonding experience."

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