CRANFORD, NJ – To raise awareness about breast cancer during the month of October, the color pink can be seen in many places. Sports teams from the professionals to the youngest athletes add a pop of pink to their uniforms in a show of support.

The Cranford volleyball team took it a step further last week when they hosted a “Pink Out” for the second consecutive year. They sold T-shirts, snacks and raffled off 31 baskets, to raise awareness and funds for Cranford Relay for Life.

The day was dedicated to the memory of Christine Bagniewski, a Cranford High School teacher and mother of JV volleyball coach Kari, who passed away in the spring and Nancy Campbell, a CHS guidance counselor who lost her battle to cancer last summer.

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Members of the CHS Women’s Ensemble began with an acapella version of the National Anthem followed by “Dancing Queen” dedicated to the memory of Campbell.

The first event was a goodwill volleyball game between the CHS faculty/staff and the varsity/junior varsity teams.

The faculty took the first match from the varsity, the JV team took the second and the third match was a faculty challenge to the varsity, where the varsity prevailed.

“It’s great to get all of the girls and the staff involved in this, it’s a lot of fun,” said head coach Kelly Helfrich.