Boys’ Varsity Hockey (BVH) Co-Captain Jack Studley ’18, whose mother is in remission from breast cancer, raised over $2,500 for the American Cancer Society at the school’s first Pink the Rink, an evening of sports games, raffles, and food that brought over 250 attendees to the Nicholas Athletic Center on February 9.
The idea for the event came to Jack during his freshman year, he said, but he didn’t decide to organize it until this year, after asking Interim Athletic Director Chuck Richard for permission and the maintenance and facilities staff for help.
“I wanted to do my part by raising awareness and money to find a cure,” he said. “[And] many schools in the country participate in Pink the Rink, so I figured BB&N should start one up as well.”
Jack sold Pink the Rink shirts, bracelets, and raffle tickets in the Commons during the week leading up to Pink the Rink, and he enlisted BVH parents to help sell those items at the event.
Jack’s mother, Jacquie Studley P ’18—who volunteered at the event alongside her husband Jeff Studley P ’18—said she was moved by the breast cancer support.
It’s very heartwarming and touching knowing you’re planning this [event] and hopefully helping someone else by doing it,” she said.
The 15 volunteers kicked off Pink the Rink at around 4:00 p.m. with a raffle and a silent auction for more expensive items, which parents donated. The items included Broadway tickets, Beats headphones, a Red Sox dugout jacket, Bruins tickets, and sports-themed baskets and sold for up to $300 each.
Ella Wolff ’21, who won a basket of Trader Joe’s foods, said she enjoyed seeing the school community come together for a great cause.
“The environment of the whole event was super positive, and I’m really glad I was there,” she said.
At around 5:00 p.m., BVH played Middlesex, who defeated them 4–5. Boys’ Varsity Basketball (BVB) and Girls’ Varsity Basketball also lost during the event 48-60 and 31-77 against Nobles, respectively.
Russell Campbell ’21, who played in the BVB game, said he enjoyed the evening.
“The event was very festive and was much more crowded than a normal game,” he said. “[It] really symbolized the strength of the BB&N community.”
“The night was a great success other than the team losses. We raised nearly double the amount of money than we originally thought, and it seemed like everyone truly enjoyed the night,” he said. “Everyone is affected by breast cancer in some sort of way, whether it’s your friends, family, or relatives. I’d love for BB&N to make Pink the Rink an annual event.”