RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Felician College women's volleyball team will sponsor its Fifth Annual "Dig Pink" Night, to raise funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer, during its 7 p.m. home match against Nyack College on Friday, October 3, at Job Gymnasium in Rutherford.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and pink is the color of the breast cancer awareness ribbon. Breast cancer is the second-most common cancer among American women, and the second-leading cause of cancer death among women worldwide. Anyone attending Friday's match is encouraged to wear pink.
All funds raised on October 3 will benefit the Side-Out Foundation. Based out of Fairfax, Va., Side-Out was founded by a volleyball coach in 2004. It aims to use the sport of volleyball to bring energy to the fight against breast cancer.
"Our new coach (John Chang) gave us a choice of a cause to support with our fund-raising match, and we stuck with breast cancer," said team co-captain Susie McKeever (North Fort Myers, Fla./North Fort Myers). "It's something we do as a team, but we do it as representatives of the entire College, not just the volleyball program. It's our little way of trying to help a cause that is so important to so many women."
Admission to Felician's Dig Pink Night match is free, but donations for Side-Out will be accepted in the gymnasium lobby. Team members also plan to secure donations of gift baskets to sell at the match.
Anyone who cannot attend the Felician-Nyack match but would like to donate to Side-Out on behalf of Felician women's volleyball can do so online at https://www.side-out.org/cb/campaigns/campaign/8745.
"Maybe the money we raise helps save a life, or maybe it makes things a little be easier for the families, friends and caretakers of breast cancer survivors," McKeever said. "And if a cure is found in our lifetime, we can feel like we played some part in it. As a women's program, it's just the right thing to do, especially in October."
For more information, contact assistant coach Alexa Scrivanich at firstname.lastname@example.org.