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On Sep. 26, the volleyball team hosted their annual “Let’s Help” game. The team gets together every year a few days before the game and goes door to door to collect cans for the organization of Let’s Help. They also collect cans at this game and multiple high school in the area do the same thing. This was organized around 2009 when a group of senior high school volleyball players from Washburn Rural, Seaman, and Hayden decided they wanted to help out a local charity and contribute to those in need.

My favorite part of this fundraiser is probably the team bonding that goes on with each other because we all split up into different cars and it’s always a fun time chilling with new girls or the ‘babies’ and jamming while collecting cans”

— Danielle Dodge

One of the seniors from Seaman is now a physical education teacher and assistant volleyball coach at WRHS. Amanda Vanderbogart got together with a senior from both Seaman and Hayden, and together they decided they wanted to do something to help out a local organization. Let’s Help caught their eyes by being one of the biggest charities at the time.

“We felt like we needed to help a Topeka organization and that was kind of the biggest one at the time,” Vanderbogart said. “The games between Seaman, Hayden, and Washburn Rural are always big ones so us three seniors decided to do something the night we played each other and it just kind of stuck so we’ve done it ever since.”

Senior volleyball player Danielle Dodge has been able to contribute to this event the past four years and has thoroughly enjoyed what they have been doing for others. Dodge has favorited the opportunity this brought to team and given them a chance to hang out together outside of volleyball while helping out the community as well.

“My favorite part of this fundraiser is probably the team bonding that goes on with each other because we all split up into different cars and it’s always a fun time chilling with new girls or the ‘babies’ and jamming while collecting cans,” Dodge said.

Head volleyball coach Kevin Bordewick has been around since this started and believes that it is a well-worthwhile event for the girls to be apart of. Bordewick is prided that his team has had enough motivation to continually be the school to collect the most cans. He is also appreciative of the amount of support the community has given them and the contributions made.

Bordewick agrees with Dodge in the aspect of giving the girls another chance to bond with each other and bring them closer together. He also believes it helps the girls realize that helping those in need is a worthwhile cause.

“It makes them get out of their comfort zone, and we do stress being cautious and careful but they just enjoy being with each other so it is good for team bonding,” Bordewick said. “It has brought the team closer together and it also makes them realize there are others less fortunate than them, and it is good to be humble and selfless.”

Dodge has proven Bordewick right in the fact that it has changed how she views others and made her more aware of what she can do to help out.

It has brought the team closer together and it also makes them realize there are others less fortunate than them, and it is good to be humble and selfless”

— Kevin Bordewick

“This has changed my outlook because it makes me realize how much we are doing for people in need,” Dodge said. “This is such a great cause and we are helping so many people and it makes me feel so good to know that people are gonna be getting food because of us girls putting in work to get them canned goods.”
Vanderbogart stresses how important this event is to her and her hopes that it continues to stay in the volleyball program of these schools for a very long time.

“I think it’s really important especially as when we go out and collect the good from the community we all go as a team,” Vanderbogart said. “The girls now at Washburn all carpool and they go around getting stuff so it’s a good team bonding experience and it’s also going around helping the community as well.”

This year they collected over 600 cans which has all been delivered to Let’s Help to provide food for families in need. To help contribute to this cause, Let’s Help accepts donations and volunteers to contribute and give back to the community.

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