GHS holds Relay softball game

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 7, 2003

Some Goshen High School teachers may be dragging themselves out of bed this morning, but the stiff muscles and skinned knees are well worth the bragging rights.

GHS faculty shut their students down with a final 16-6 score at the annual GHS Relay for Life softball game.

"It's an annual thing," said GHS Relay for Life chair Sheila Ballard.

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"The students look forward to it every year.

We even have some parents here."

Admission to the game was a dollar and teachers sold Domino's pizza by the slice for $1.50.

Ballard hadn't counted up the money, but she estimated the GHS Relay for Life team raised over $350.

"A lot of these students probably just paid to get out of class, but they realize that the money goes for a good cause," Ballard said.

Spectator Jackie Sanders was there cheering on her mother, Linda Sanders, who played on the GHS faculty team.

Jackie said she usually makes the games every other year.

She also sees the game as beneficial to more than just the American Cancer Society.

"It makes the teachers more approachable when the kids see them doing the same things they do," she said.

"It puts them on the same level; it's more of a friend thing."

Almost 400 students gathered to watch the softball game at the baseball field behind GHS.

Since their teachers were all on the field, they had little supervision.

"We didn't have any trouble at all," said Principal Gene Nelson.

"The kids were very well behaved.

I think that says a lot about the students we have."

GHS counselor Leona Turner said involving the students in Relay for Life efforts teaches them something that can't be found in a textbook.

"They know what this is going for," she said.

"It's teaching the children that you don't always think about yourself.

I think that's why I love Relay for Life so much.

It draws communities together and it draws schools together all for a good cause."