Working together for all the right reasons

Diamond Dolls Sydney Oyler, Lindsey Turner, Brianna Duke, Katelyn Kramer and Aryanna Oyler were a few of many students, businesses and families who supported the PHS Baseball Ovarian Cancer Awareness Tournament at PHS. (Contributed)

Diamond Dolls Sydney Oyler, Lindsey Turner, Brianna Duke, Katelyn Kramer and Aryanna Oyler were a few of many students, businesses and families who supported the PHS Baseball Ovarian Cancer Awareness Tournament at PHS. (Contributed)

By CONNIE NOLEN / Community Columnist

“I love being involved with my community and getting to know people,” Sydney Oyler said. “Being a Diamond Doll helps me do that.”

Pelham High School Diamond Dolls are official supporters of the baseball program at Pelham High School.

They work in the ticket booth, the concession stand and the press box. They also cheer the team on.

Last Saturday, the Diamond Dolls helped with the Field of Teal Tournament hosted by the PHS Panthers.

Teal is the color associated with ovarian cancer awareness.

“We sold T-shirts and handed out bracelets for the event. We sold every T-shirt that we had,” said Brianna Duke.

PHS French teacher Courtney Hickman, who has been the Diamond Dolls sponsor for three years, is joined this year by co-sponsor and art teacher Kim Hinds.

“Baseball coach Sean Anderson is great to work with. He supports the Diamond Dolls completely,” said Hickman. “Diamond Dolls engages the girls in working together and serving others.”

Anderson’s wife Tammy was diagnosed with ovarian cancer this fall.

Thanks to early detection, Tammy Anderson is fighting the good fight.

“I wasn’t sure I wanted to draw attention to our battle,” Anderson said. “Then Mauldin called me with the idea of having a Field of Teal event. If we can do some good for others, we’re all about that.”

PHS Ambassadors also assisted with the event by decorating, working the donations table and helping to hand out bracelets and stickers.

The event yielded over $3,000 to donate to the Laura Crandall Brown Ovarian Cancer Foundation.

“Together we can make a difference for future generations. I would like to thank all of the sponsors and people that made the day a success,” said Tammy Anderson.

“I bought the last T-shirt for my daughter,” said baseball mom Donna Wages as she worked in the concession stand. “I love our community. There is something really special about Pelham.”

Families and high school students who put their own agendas and battles aside to support each other and great causes make Pelham a special place.