When Oak Park-River Forest senior and volleyball player wanted to hold a charity volleyball tournament, her sports rivals at Fenwick High School pitched in to help. According to High School Cube News:
"Kiley Nelson has a fearsome spike and a charitable heart.
The Oak Park-River Forest senior decided she wanted to create a Volley for the Cure fund-raiser for her school and found an eager helper in assistant athletic director Courtney Sakellaris.
To pull it off, it took someone like Nelson, who is a member of her school’s J. Kyle Braid Leadership Club and has done previous charitable fund-raisers for organizations when she was younger. Nelson also got assistance from teammate Emma Dunne, a senior outside hitter and another member of the JKB Leadership Club.
“(Kiley) is my girl who is all about volunteering and charity work,” said Nelson’s mother, Ellen (Mullarkey) Nelson, a OPRF girls volleyball star in the 1980s.
Many other suburban high school girls volleyball teams hold events to benefit breast cancer research, but this would was a first for OPRF.
One of the biggest challenges was finding the right date for the girls volleyball match, which would serve as the showcase event during a series of activities raising breast cancer awareness.
Nelson decided the logical night would be OPRF’s annual nonconference match against crosstown rival Fenwick. However, Fenwick was scheduled to be the host of this year’s match on Sept. 12.
“I wanted to try to do it,” Nelson said. “This was our best option. This is where we have the most people come. We draw big crowds every year. This will give us consistency.”
Nelson contacted her former Lions Juniors club volleyball teammate Samantha Pethokoukis, a Siena-bound senior middle hitter from Fenwick. Pethokoukis agreed to help OPRF hold its Volley for the Cure match at Lawless Gymnasium."