(FESTUS) The Jefferson R-7 girls volleyball team, which has eight seniors that are all in National Honor Society and on Student Council, has designated this week, “Red Week,” to raise money and awareness for heart disease after their head coach, Ashleigh Nagel, suffered a heart attack on July 16th.
The Blue Jays volleyball game against Festus on Thursday has been designated the “Red Game” where both Nagel, who’s doing well in her recovery, and Festus head coach Karen Biehle, whose husband passed away on July 27th, will be honored. Blue Jays defensive specialist Maddie Fuller details what she and the girls have done to prepare for this week.
Middle hitter Ashley Edmond and her family have provided the team with an accessory for the girls’ uniforms to help honor coach Nagel.
Defensive specialist Macy Sample added that coach Nagel designed red shirts that the team will wear during warmups. Also, senior setter and Student Council President Gracie Fish discusses the events of the night.
Junior Maddie Todd’s father, a paramedic, provided some CPR training for the school. Right side hitter Heidi Hearst says the Red Week events go beyond Thursday night’s volleyball match.
In honor of heart disease awareness, the Nagel family has set up a scholarship to go towards a student that will be entering the medical field in college. To hear the full interview with acting Jefferson volleyball head coach Tara Fish and her eight seniors, tune in to KJFF Sports Talk at 4:15 on Thursday.