DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — After finding out their coach’s cancer diagnosis, a girls’ basketball team has inspired a school and a community to help him in his battle.
It was an emotional Senior Night at Carroll High School on Wednesday for the girls’ basketball squad.
Instead of of playing for the school or for those who are soon to graduate, the athletes played in honor of their coach.
“At first, when we found out that he was diagnosed, we were in shock,” said Olivia Seymour, the team’s captain. “All we wanted to do was help. We needed to come up with a way we could help and give back.”
It was a little more than a month ago the girls learned their coach, Rob Berry, was diagnosed with cancer.
In that short time, they came up with a way to get their school and community involved to help him.
“We just wanted to be there for him and help him just as much as he’s helping us,” said Seymour. “It makes us feel special that we can help in some way.”
They came up with shirts reading “Rob Strong” and sold them to friends, families, and neighbors to raise money to help fund cancer research.
Before the varsity basketball game, the girls gave Coach Berry a certificate which said $500 had been raised and donated to the American Cancer Society.
“I think he just feels tremendously loved by the community,” said Assistant Coach Cecilia Grosselin. “He sees that there are so many people that care about him and so many people are praying for him and hoping for the best.”