Pink game highlights busy homecoming week in Morgan City
By: SCOTT JOINER
Can you believe it’s already October?
We’re at the halfway point of football season and in the thick of homecoming events, district games and basketball teams have even started practicing.
This week it’s Morgan City’s turn to hold homecoming and the toilet paper hanging from trees around town brings back some memories.
Tonight the students at MCHS will take a break from the homecoming hoopla for the annual Pink volleyball game against South Terrebonne.
Last year, I was amazed at how the usually green gym was transformed into a pink volleyball oasis.
It was arguably the most electric atmosphere for a volleyball game I experienced last season.
On a somber note, last year’s honoree, Mary Roe, passed away in late September. She was to be honored again at Central Catholic’s Big Pink game at the Matchbox against Berwick earlier this season.
Sadly, it wasn’t hard to find another cancer-stricken resident to fill the role.
That makes tonight’s event and others like it around the state as important as ever in the fight against various forms of cancer.
Personally, I’ve never lost a family member to cancer. But, a close friend of mine lost his father to the disease a few years ago, so the impact it can have on a family is something I’m familiar with.
My grandfather had multiple sclerosis and I never knew a time when he wasn’t in a wheel chair. My grandmother cared for him for many years before she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
Through it all, her spirit remained the same. When we would go to visit them, she would shake due to the effects of her ailment. Sometimes, my father and I would get up and shake right along with her to lighten the mood and bring a smile to her face.
That’s the thing that sticks with me the most, the resilience of people in situations that would give many of us an easy excuse to fall into depression or to just plain give up.
Leading up to last year’s game, fellow reporter Lee Hudson — who has since moved on from The Daily Review — did a story on Roe.
When she got back to the office from her interview, all she could talk about was her strength and joyful outlook. Roe had already beaten cancer once and vowed to beat it again.
She lost the fight, but her demeanor in handling the disease is something we can all draw inspiration from.
Tonight’s honoree is cancer survivor Cay Price who will hit the first serve prior to the game.
Last year the slogan was Who Dat Cure That and they’ve topped that with this year’s Choot Down Cancer moniker.
There will be a drawing for a poster of the logo for this year’s game, another drawing for a signed T-shirt, Sonic gift cards and several other prizes will be given out to fans in attendance along with music by Urban Legends.
The games begin at 3:15 p.m. with Morgan City Junior High’s seventh graders facing Berwick’s seventh graders followed by the eighth grade teams playing at 3:40 p.m.
Morgan City High School’s junior varsity will face South Terrebonne’s junior varsity at 4 p.m. and will be followed by a Pink Ceremony.
Courtney Billiot will sing the national anthem and there will be a moment of silence and prayer by Pastor Dave Theriot following the ceremony with the varsity scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m.
The MCHS freshmen will face Berwick following the varsity game.