Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders Dance for Delana
The "Attaway to Support the Fight Against Brain Cancer" basketball game was held Monday, February 20th at a neutral location…the Coppell High School main gymnasium…for the on-court challenge between the faculties of Coppell Middle School North and Coppell Middle School East. Over 1000 people watched as the North team suited up against East, the CMSN band played, the cheerleaders from East and North danced, and the crowd of over 1000 cheered.
Coppell Middle School North Language Arts teacher DeLana Attaway has been teaching for 21 years and is often described by students as their favorite teacher...ever. She is known for teaching challenging material in a warm and nurturing environment sprinkled with funny stories, afterschool talks, and a strong belief in her students. It is a powerful combination during the awkward middle school years in this highly competitive school district and students, who describe Mrs. Attaway as "the person who believed in me" or "like a second mother," wanted to help.
Her husband, Dick Attaway, teaches math at Coppell Middle School East and the faculty at both schools began making plans for a benefit basketball game to help them with uncovered medical bills. Although the Attaways may live in a "house divided" (East and North), they stood toe-to-toe courtside to watch their teams rally around this common cause.
Adding to the loud and enthusiastic mix were six members of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders who volunteered their time to dance, appear in countless photos, and graciously sign autographs. One of the cheerleaders, Katie Fink, was a previous student at CHS.
Snack sales were brisk and T-shirts were sold out by the time the game started. At the end of the evening, over $11,000 was raised for the Attaways and the East faculty took home the gold with a score of 40 to 26.
A DeLana Attaway Donation Fund has also been set up at Wells Fargo bank and donations will be accepted at any location.