La Jolla Country Day Volleyball team raises money for Komen

When Mollie Rogers noticed that a lot of women’s college volleyball programs planned to host “Dig for the Cure” events to benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation this October, she thought it was a good idea that she might be able to implement at her school.

The La Jolla Country Day junior made that idea a reality, and on Oct. 22 saw it come to fruition with a benefit that raised more than $1,300 for the foundation.

“It was a really fun event,” Rogers said. “Our community service at La Jolla Country Day is a really great program. I was really pleased with how it went — I had a lot of help from all my friends.”

Rogers, an outside hitter on the Torreys’ girls’ volleyball team, first thought of the idea during the summer, and presented it to Susan Nordenger, the school’s community service director.

Nordenger helped Rogers with some of the organization, such as getting in touch with the Komen foundation, but after that, most of the details were left to Rogers and her volleyball teammates.

The team sold tickets, took donations, created and sold pink T-shirts designed especially for the occasion and organized a bake sale and snack bar during Country Day’s Oct. 22 match against Bishop’s.

They zeroed in on that date because they expected a large crowd for the city-rivalry match.

Rogers and Nordenger said the event had special meaning to many members of the Country Day community because the school recently lost longtime faculty member Debby Smith after a long battle with cancer.

Nordenger works with a lot of students performing various community service projects at Country Day, but was especially impressed with Rogers and this project.

“It was awesome,” Nordenger said. “Mollie’s a natural leader. One of the magics of community service is when you can combine talent and interest. Mollie was able to rally her whole team as well as all the parents.”

Nordenger has arranged for a representative from the local chapter of the Komen foundation to come to Country Day so Rogers and her teammates can present the foundation a check and learn a little about some of the people they will help. Rogers said the event was such a success that she’s certain she’ll help organize it again next year.

“Next year is going to be way easier,” she said. “The whole process was a lot of fun.”

Gregory Ball covers sports for La Jolla Light. He can be reached at ballgregory@yahoo.