As part of the annual Coaches versus Cancer drive, the Kankakee Valley Girls Basketball team hosted North Judson. The team raised funds through donations, commemorative t-shirt sales and even selling suckers.
Coach Doug Nelson and the entire Kankakee Valley Athletic Department rallied for the cause. The Lady Kougars wore special pink Cancer-awareness uniforms while the Lady BlueJays wore purple “Roll Ridley” t-shirts to honor former North Judson teacher and current Kankakee Valley Middle School Assistant Principal Bill Ridley.
Ridley, who is battling Pancreatic Cancer, was in attendance and was surprised by the gestures. Prior to the Varsity game, the Lady Kougars presented Ridley with a pink and white ball signed by each of them and then posed with the educator who was their assistant principal as each went through the middle school. After the game, the Lady Bluejays requested their own photo opportunity with Ridley, who had taught many of their parents during his time at NJSP and whose wife, Kay, still teaches in the NJSP School Corporation. The Ridleys still reside in North Judson.
Photos and article information from Tom Sparks!
For over 25 years, the Coaches vs. Cancer program, in collaboration with the National Association of Basketball Coaches, has united coaches and fans nationwide to help the American Cancer Society defeat a common enemy – cancer. Through fundraising and education initiatives, the Coaches vs. Cancer program has supported the American Cancer Society in efforts to save lives from cancer in the U.S. and worldwide.