St. Joseph girls team helps in ALS fight

The St. Joseph School senior girls basketball team is showing its support for the fight against Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, by wearing blue laces in their athletic shoes.

The color blue is a symbol of hope for ALS. The players are doing this because the grandmother of one of their teammates, Erin Sterka, has been diagnosed with ALS. Her grandmother is an office assistant at the St. Joseph Pre-School.

The senior girls basketball team has a history of demonstrating support for similar causes. The tradition began in the 2009-2010 school year when the girls wore purple and green laces. They were the favorite colors of then sixth-grader Sarah Beth Briggler, who was receiving cancer treatments at the time. Briggler is now a member of the senior girls basketball team.

Other students have been supported in the same way, and the girls have also shown their concern for unborn babies.