Volleyball Caps Spring with Rewarding Experience at Avon Walk
The team poses for a group shot before heading to their stations to direct traffic at the Avon Walk.

June 7, 2013

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CHICAGO - Cheering on participants and directing traffic, the DePaul volleyball team spent its Sunday volunteering at the 11th Annual Chicago Avon Walk for Breast Cancer this past weekend.

Although the overcast and rainy weather dampened the mood of some walkers, the Blue Demons made the most of their traffic controlling jobs while having all the fun they could.

"With our group of girls, regardless of the situation, they turn things into a positive," said assistant coach Caitlyn Vann. "Every community service event we've done they're always making people laugh and having fun, so that was cool to see. I think that's something our girls always provide."

Junior Natalie Rizzo agreed, adding that the music blasting in the background helped keep spirits high.

"We got to dance and direct traffic at the same time," said Rizzo, who was in charge of guiding walkers through a crosswalk. "We had the wands and everything."

"I think people just saw us in a good mood, dancing around and playing around. Everyone seemed really grateful for that because it was really crummy weather and everyone was happy to be finishing the walk."

Standing near the finish line by Soldier Field, the group was also privy to the outpouring of emotion exhibited by participants as the event came to a close.

"It was touching when people crossed the finish line because a lot of people were crying," said Rizzo. "But we were there bringing joy, directing traffic and keeping the mood up. It was definitely inspirational and touching."

The walk route itself sent participants from Soldier Field to Horner Park and back over a two day span. It was designed to be a 39-mile tour of Chicago's iconic sites and landmarks, including the Museum Campus, Buckingham Fountain and Lincoln Park. By the time it ended, participants were generally exhausted and many expressed their thanks to the team for providing such cheery dispositions.

"I think this community service event was a nice way to finish out the spring," said Vann. "Especially because this will be the last time the girls will be together until our summer camps - which we're all really excited about."

The Blue Demons will now break for summer before returning in July to host several instructional camps this summer on campus. All levels of skill will be addressed and interested parties can obtain more information about the events here.

About the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer:
The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer is a national series of 39-mile weekend fundraising events launched in 2003 by the Avon Foundation. Participants can choose to walk the equivalent of a marathon (26.2 miles) or tack on an additional 13.1 miles during a second day.

According to the Avon Walk website, walkers raise $1,800 each in order to participate in the event - that money ensures that 72 research labs can get critical supplies, 12 low-income women can get mammograms and 180 low-income patients can get transportation to medical appointments. This year's event raised over $5.2 million dollars for the cause.



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