2019 Annual Pollyball Tournament
In loving memory of Polly Hylant-Tracey.  Proceeds to benefit breast cancer patients in Northwest Ohio.
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About Pollyball
Polly Hylant-Tracy

If you are new to Pollyball, here is a brief history. Polly Hylant-Tracy lost her battle with cancer in 1990. Her husband, three daughters, and family wanted to remember her in a special way, and considered many options, including a memorial bench or planting trees at a Metropark, reflecting her love for the outdoors. As the family pondered, an idea to host a volleyball tournament in her honor, as the large family often played the sport in Polly’s backyard, was realized.


"Pollyball" was born.


What began as a small fun and fund-raising event at the LaJolla beach volleyball courts formerly off Reynolds Road, attracting 20 teams who paid and played on behalf of the American Cancer Society, has grown into the huge event held every August at the beach volleyball courts at International Park.


Over the past 25 years, Pollyball has raised nearly $1,000,000 to support breast cancer detection and awareness programs, including ACS, the YWCA as well as MCO for cancer research, The Victory Center and Reeling and Healing Inc.


The day begins with family friend Phil Barone playing her favorite song, "White Bird," by It’s A Beautiful Day. The magical and prophetic lyrics set the tone for this unique tribute.  Her favorite song ends with, “White bird must fly or she will die.” Polly may have physically left this world, but she can still be found in the actions and eyes of her daughters, Rachel, Lauren and Sarah, and in the hearts of her many family members and friends.


Last year, the Pollyball tournament took place on Saturday, August 18, 2018 and was another incredible day filled with terrific weather, fun volleyball and camaraderie.  Proceeds assist greatly in funding the YWCA program that provides breast health education sessions free of charge to underserved women and men.



The YWCA of Northwest Ohio Breast Cancer Awareness and Early Detection Program
YWCA of Northwest Ohio

The YWCA of Northwest Ohio’s Breast Cancer Awareness and Early Detection Program is a comprehensive breast care education and awareness program. Breast health education sessions are provided free of charge to various community agencies, shelters, apartment communities, senior centers, clinics, health fairs, and any other areas where underserved women congregate. Over 3,000 women and men in the Greater Toledo area were educated on breast cancer early detection methods in 2018.

This program was able to provide linkage to either a mammogram or clinical breast examination to over 325 women. Twenty five women received abnormal mammograms; of these four received a breast cancer diagnosis. YWCA – Breast Cancer Awareness and Early Detection Program provides free, intensive case management services to women with abnormal breast symptoms and/or breast cancer diagnosis, regardless of income or any other circumstances. Staff accompanies patients to medical appointments and home visit, provides transportation and linkage to psycho-social programs to address non-medical needs, provides support for the family, and ensures that the patient understands all medical information and treatment options given by health care providers.


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