The Jersey Village High School cheerleaders run onto the field at Pridgeon Stadium wearing their ‘Orange Out’ t-shirts to show support for leukemia and childhood cancer awareness. The campus rallied around varsity football coach Wesley Sauls and his family, as their two-year-old daughter, Elliott, was diagnosed with leukemia over the summer. Jersey Village conducted two ‘Orange Out’ games – the football team’s District 17-6A opener Sept. 13 against Cypress Ridge High School and a volleyball match Sept. 18 against Stratford High School. (Photo by Nallely Govea, Jersey Village HS)
By Sierra Rickerson, Jersey Village HS
CYPRESS — For one football game and one volleyball match, Jersey Village High School changed one of its school colors from purple to orange to show support for leukemia and childhood cancer awareness and rally together for ‘Orange Out’ days.
The cause hit close to home for the high school, as the student body, faculty and campus administration came together to support varsity football coach Wesley Sauls, whose two-year-old daughter, Elliott, was diagnosed with leukemia over the summer. The Falcons geared up in orange to show support for Sauls and his family while cheering on the football team in its District 17-6A opener Sept. 13 against Cypress Ridge High School and rallying behind the volleyball team during its match Sept. 18 against Stratford High School.
Jersey Village High School varsity football coach Wesley Sauls (purple top) joins social studies teachers Greg Higgins (left) and Ahmed Khawaja (black top) and human anatomy and physiology teacher Laura Oswalt (pink top) in attempting to serving a volleyball during the school’s match Sept. 18. In addition to its Teacher Appreciation Night, the volleyball program held an ‘Orange Out’ game to show support for leukemia and childhood cancer awareness. Sauls’ two-year-old daughter, Elliott, was diagnosed with leukemia over the summer and the school held two events in support. (Photo by Kayleigh Kopesky, Jersey Village HS)
Students and staff wore orange t-shirts featuring an orange ribbon and the phrase ‘A cause worth fighting for.’
“Jersey Village is a family and when one of us needs a helping hand, we come together,” said Jamie Webley, campus athletic secretary. “I did this to help out a family in need and make sure that the awareness was the leading reason.”
Elliott even joined in at the football game, making a brief appearance in front of a sea of orange-clad Falcons’ fans and supporters.
Jersey Village High School flag runners pose with a ‘Team Elliott’ flag at the Falcons’ football game Sept. 13 at Pridgeon Stadium against Cypress Ridge High School. The school donned orange shirts in support of leukemia and childhood cancer awareness. Varsity football coach Wesley Sauls’ two-year-old daughter, Elliott, was diagnosed with leukemia over the summer. The ‘Team Elliott’ flag was carried by the flag runners. (Photo by Gil Albarran, Jersey Village HS)
“[She] had such a blast running while Allie (Elliot’s mother) tried to keep her from running into the student section,” Sauls said. “I can’t begin to express how thankful I am each one of you. Our ‘Orange Out’ game for Team Elliot was a huge success.”
Jersey Village won the football game 25-21, but the bonus was the campus coming together to stand up against cancer and show its appreciation and give hope to Elliott.
It continued five days later when the volleyball team took the court in district play at home against Stratford. The athletes sported their orange shirts, while a number wore orange socks or replaced their original shoelaces with orange ones.
The volleyball program honored the Sauls family during the match and presented Elliott with a custom-made Build-A-Bear. Stratford players wore orange ribbons and presented Elliott with flowers, a banner and a blanket.
Members of the Jersey Village High School volleyball program pose with their orange shirts in support of leukemia and childhood cancer awareness. The school rallied around the family of varsity football Wesley Sauls, whose two-year-old daughter was diagnosed with leukemia over the summer. Volleyball combined the ‘Orange Out’ game Sept. 18 with its Teacher Appreciation Night. (Photo by Kayleigh Kopesky, Jersey Village HS)
In addition, PALs conducted a miracle minute, which consisted of spectators placing their loose change into a bucket within a span of two minutes.
“Whatever it takes to help one of our own,” said Carrie Schneider, Jersey Village varsity volleyball coach.
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