Four high schools raise more than $10,000 to Strike Out Cancer

More than 320 Chesterfield County high school students and staff members, as well as the Chesterfield County School Board and Superintendent Dr. James Lane, collectively raised more than $10,000 through the annual bowling tournament, Strike Out Cancer.

Forty teams from Clover Hill, James River, Manchester and Midlothian high schools and School Board members competed to see who could knock down the most pins and raise the most money for Hitting Cancer Below the Belt.

“This fun competition brought together our high school communities and the school division’s servant leaders for a great cause,” said School Board member Rob Thompson, who along with his four colleagues on the board raised more than $800. “It is important for our students to understand the impact that they have on their community. Through events like this, our students are truly making a difference in the lives of many.”

Hitting Cancer Below the Belt is a nonprofit organization focused on colorectal cancer prevention. The organization provides supportive care to patients and survivors, offers early detection services for colorectal cancer to the uninsured population and provides community education and raises funds for local efforts in cancer prevention.

“Strike Out Cancer allows our rival schools to compete while also working together,” said Roger Cassem, director of student activities for Manchester High. “This event is a great way to educate students about colon cancer with the hope that they will start the conversation with their parents and other loved ones.”

Midlothian High won the competition by raising the most money with $3,500, and Clover Hill High took the coveted We Bowled You Over trophy by knocking down the most pins.