This year, when the Broad Run High School football team hosted Tuscarora High School, maroon and gold were not the primary colors in the stands. Instead, fans of the home team were decked out in pink.
The unusual color reflected the game’s other goal – to raise funds for Loudoun Breast Health Network. That night, $8,000 was collected for the local nonprofit organization.
Senior Taylor Glover is able to look back at the fundraising event with pride. After all, she made it happen.
A fourth-year DECA member and this year's club president, Glover was selected to plan and implement the organization’s annual breast cancer charity event. “Pink Fever” raised money by selling T-shirts, baked goods and raffle tickets, as well as through sponsorships from businesses around the community.
“[The pink event] is a big deal, and it has been for years,” Glover said. “It's our baby. It was an honor to be selected.”
Glover joined DECA, a group that fosters interest in marketing, finance and entrepreneurship, as a freshman. DECA members participate in many school events and compete interscholastically in both oral and written contests.
“I kind of went into it not knowing what to expect,” she said. “And I kid you not, at my first district event, I placed unexpectedly. I finally found something I was good at.
“Ever since then I've loved it. I've made some of my best memories, best friends.”
Glover also helped DECA coordinate a fundraiser for the Capital Area Food Bank. The event raised $2,000, and 26,000 pounds of food were collected.
Glover has officer positions in the National Honor Society, Key Club and Spartan Buddies. She also mentors underclassman through Sigma Tau Sigma; serves as football and basketball manager; volunteers as a youth cheerleading coach; and is a safe school ambassador, where she helps try to curb school bullying.
“I've been bullied and I want to stand up to it,” she said. “I've been able to stand up to it, but I know others can't. I do it for them.”
An avid sports and music fan, Glover is hoping to study sports and entertainment management before attending law school.
“I'm not really athletic or musically talented, but I like it,” she said. “Once I found sports and entertainment, I realized that was perfect for me.”
Even as she expands herself beyond her Ashburn school, Glover hopes to continue orchestrating projects of goodwill.
“I've been blessed with a beautiful life,” Glover said. “I'd be wasting it if I didn't try to make others' [lives] just a beautiful.”
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