The Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy and Cincinnati Country Day Girls' Basketball teams recently came together to raise funds and awareness for ovarian cancer. The event took place on Wednesday, February 6, 2019, at CHCA's Martha S. Lindner Upper School. Junior High teams played at 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., followed by the Varsity team at 7:30 p.m.
According to the American Cancer Society, Ovarian cancer ranks fifth in cancer deaths among women, accounting for more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system. A woman's risk of getting ovarian cancer during her lifetime is about 1 in 78. This cancer mainly develops in older women. About half of the women who are diagnosed with ovarian cancer are 63 years or older. About 22,530 women will receive a new diagnosis of ovarian cancer in 2019. With only 20-percent of cases of ovarian cancers found early enough to treat the disease, these student-athletes are doing their part to raise awareness of this silent killer of women.
"The CHCA Varsity team did a fabulous job hosting the second annual 'Teal Power Shoot Out', shared CHCA parent and Teal Power organizer, Vasanthi Chalasani. "It was a huge success in driving awareness and raising money for research. Teal Power Shoot Out leverages high school basketball as a platform to drive awareness for ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer impacts 1 in 5 women and as young as 17 years old. Hence, the objective is to educate women of all ages on symptoms to prevent from being impacted by this disease. This also provided the opportunity for our young women to develop leadership skills — not only in class and on the basketball court, but also in the community. We are very proud of the team and effort they put in to make this a success. Thank you to all who came to support the CHCA Girls' Varsity basketball team!"
Teams, players, and the community at large participated in raising nearly $4,000 for Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Greater Cincinnati. There was a bake sale, t-shirts for sale, and a split-the-pot raffle. Teams also disseminated information regarding ovarian cancer. Television news media were there to capture the event, and most importantly, ovarian cancer survivors and their families were recognized before the varsity game.