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Lady Cardinals to be honored at community pep rally

Gadsden, Ala. — The Gadsden State Community College Lady Cardinals volleyball team will be celebrated at a community pep rally sponsored by The Chamber of Gadsden and Etowah County and hosted by Back Forty Beer Co. The team recently won the National Junior College Athletic Association Gulf Atlantic District A/B Volleyball Championship.

The community pep rally and dinner will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Back Forty Beer Co. Barbecue plates will be for sale for $10 each. A portion of the proceeds will go towards the team’s travel expenses. The team will travel to Hutchinson, Kansas, to compete in the NJCAA Division I Volleyball Championships Nov. 21-23.

“We are so proud of our volleyball team and are excited about making our fourth appearance at the national tournament,” said Mike Cancilla, Gadsden State’s athletic director. “We have not won a district championship since 2005, and we haven’t been to the national tournament since 2013. Having won the district title this year is an amazing accomplishment. Now, it’s time for us to bring a national championship to Gadsden.”

He said he is appreciative of the outpouring of support the team has received from students, faculty, staff and fans.

“Thank you to The Chamber and Back Forty for hosting the community pep rally,” he said. “It means a lot to our team to know that our community is behind them.”

To RSVP for the community pep rally and barbecue, visit Click on Chamber Events and then on Community Pep Rally.

The volleyball championships will stream live on Once the schedule is released, it will be posted at and on all Gadsden State social media platforms.

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