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Volleyball program hosts annual Dig Pink

Volleyball players show off the Dig Pink design for 2021.

In volleyball, a “side-out” occurs when a team regains control of the ball. To follow this volleyball term, The Side-Out Foundation exists to help people with breast cancer regain control of their lives.

In conjunction with this organization, the Lady Panther volleyball players will be wearing pink on the court to promote breast cancer awareness during their home games Friday, Oct. 15. The players will be joined by the rest of the PHS students who plan to “pink out” on Friday.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the volleyball teams have joined forces to make a difference through their “Dig Pink” campaign.

“We host this game annually to work alongside the Side-Out Foundation to raise awareness and money for breast cancer research,” said Coach Rachel Croley. “At this game, our goal is to pack the gym with support for the women who have been faced with this life hurdle.”

The volleyball teams have set a goal to raise $2,000 for the effort. For those who want to support this effort with a donation, click this link: https://giving.side-out.org/campaigns/17961

During the Friday games vs. The Colony, there will be different opportunities for people to get involved and raise money for the cause during the annual event. The games start at 5 p.m. with the JV and freshman teams playing first, followed by the varsity match-up at 6 p.m.

According to Coach Croley, there will be a silent auction to raise funds.

“We have at least six baskets we are auctioning,” she said. “We are also selling volleyball cutouts for $1 that will be displayed in the gym that anyone can write the name of someone they are honoring. These cutouts will be hanging up the whole month.”

In addition to the auction, the team sold “Dig Pink” T-shirts for fans to wear on game day.

The players will continue the tradition of recognizing survivors and honoring the memory of those who have lost their battle to cancer. The team wants everyone to join in the recognition.

“My favorite aspect of the Dig Pink game would be that we honor those who have survived their fight against breast cancer and remember those who have lost it,” senior volleyball player Sabrina Brewer said. “It’s special to me because the fighters who have survived get recognized, and it shows how truly strong they are.”

Coach Croley issued an invitation to the community.

“If you or a loved one would like to be a part of our Dig Pink event, we would love to have you in attendance,” said Coach Croley, whose mom is a breast cancer survivor.

Players understand the significance of their efforts.

“Dig Pink raises awareness and money, as well,” Sabrina said. “And that is important because maybe the funds will help find a cure or better treatment.”

According to statistics from Susan G. Komen for the Cure, more than 281,550 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in the United States in 2021, and there are 43,600 breast-cancer-related deaths expected this year.

“Dig Pink brings the community together for more than just a volleyball game,” Sabrina said. “Everything we do that night helps to spread awareness and raise money for breast cancer. People should support the cause.”

Since it was established in 2004, Side-Out’s Dig Pink movement and its nearly 100,000 student athletes have raised more than $1 million per year. More than $15 million has been raised for research and more than 9,000 teams are now participating with a Dig Pink event.