Carbondale Area Junior Senior High School hosted a powderpuff football game on Wednesday, Oct. 23 to benefit the Susan G. Komen foundation.
MariJo Naniewicz, one of Carbondale Area’s physical education teachers, lost her mom a few years ago to breast cancer, so this cause was near and dear to her heart. In her mom’s honor, Naniewicz chaired the event, which has become a tradition at Carbondale Area.
Powderpuff football games feature flag football or touch football between girls from the junior and senior classes. To generate more school spirit, the boys dress up in cheerleading uniforms and take on the role of cheering their individual classes to victory. Teachers donated baked goods and refreshments to offer for sale. Sophomore Sophia Calzola helped Naniewicz plan the powderpuff game. Calzola, along with Madison Mushensky and Olivia Manarchuck, latched on to the idea and requested permission from teachers and the principal to have the game.
Calzola said she is happy with the turnout.
“It was a great night,” she said. “We generated a lot of school spirit with student sections producing banners, and we had a very good turnout from our community. Combined with a great night of entertainment, we raised money for a good cause. I’m looking forward to participating in this event next year. ... We hope to continue this tradition for many years to come.”