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Edmonson County Lady Cat Volleyball held its annual "Dig Pink" cancer benefit game last night at the regular season match against Warren East. The Lady Cats fell 2-0 to the Lady Raiders, (25-17, 25-16) but the real winner was retired Edmonson County coach and educator Tracy Meredith, who was honored at the event.
Each year, the Lady Cats select a local family who has either been recently affected or is currently affected by cancer and raise money for their fight. Coach Tracy was selected as the honorary coach for the night and he was able to attend.
He thanked the team and all who took part in the event as he addressed the crowd.
"One thing I've learned, is that there's no place in the world I'd rather be than Edmonson County," he said with the help of his portable oxygen tank. "If I could encourage you to do something, it would be to tell your loved ones that you love them. Tell your moms, dads, your mammaws, your pappaws--tell them you love them. It's important, and it's not that hard. Here, let me show you."
He walked over to his friend, Brenda James, kissed her on the cheek, and said, "I love you."
"See there? You can do it, too."
Meredith thanked several others and everyone in the crowd for attending as he received an emotional standing ovation as he made his way over to the team's bench, where he remained throughout the game.
Volunteers dressed in pink attire and passed donation buckets throughout the crowd with the hopes of receiving another $300. If the amount was reached, volunteers agreed to carry out the line judge duties in the costumes. More than $500 was raised and they happily obliged. There was a silent auction and the team also donated their concession proceeds to the event.
More than $4,000 was raised at the event, a record for Lady Cat Volleyball Dig Pink.
The Lady Cats fall to 9-17 on the year and have one more regular season game scheduled, which is this Thursday, October 17th vs. Ohio County at home at 5:30pm. It will be senior night for six Lady Cat seniors and their families.
The district tournament is scheduled to begin on Monday at Trinity, not Grayson County as originally announced. Seeding and schedules will be announced later.