UWGB Women’s Volleyball was playing for something that hits extremely close to home for many girls on the team and for Head Coach Abbey Sutherland. Green Bay traded in the green and white for a new color last Friday. Purple shoe laces, purple scrunchies, and purple court lines covered the floor, all in the name of fighting Alzheimer’s Disease. For the second year in a row, Green Bay Volleyball hosted their EndAlzGame to raise money for Alzheimer’s awareness.
When coach Sutherland was hired last year, she made it clear how important this cause was to her. She moved back to Green Bay to take care of her mother, who suffers from the disease, and wanted to make sure that this cause was incorporated into her team and school. Abbey’s passion project (EndAlzGame) made a deep impact on the team and in the community. A number of girls on the team also have family members affected by Alzheimer’s, and their passion for the cause makes this event even more special.
With fundraising before and during the game, the Green Bay community raised more than $7,000! All of the money will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association. One of this team’s players, Taylor Wolf, described her favorite part of the game. “The feeling of the team is different before the game. We want to win like usual, but we know we’re playing for something bigger than ourselves.”
The crowd was electric! Helped by an impressive GB win over Wright State in 4 sets, the crowd stood and applauded as Abbey and the team stood on the court victorious over their opponent, and proud of their fight against Alzheimer’s.
$7,062.80 was raised for the Alzheimer’s Association!
Click on the link below to learn more about UW – Green Bay Women’s Volleyball team, and their success!
Story Authored By: Quinn Duffy, Julia Kostopoulos, and Katherine Nagler
Photography By: Julia Kostopoulos
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