Dig Pink: In October, Volleyball Teams Raise Awareness for Breast Cancer

Anyone who’s been to a volleyball game lately (GO IRISH!) has noticed the tables laden with pink goodies, sometimes staffed by students draped in pink plaid blankets, munching on cupcakes. 

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and all 31 days, you can see pink shirts, pink scrunchies, pink towels and friendship bracelets and socks and … everything. Pink is a signal of support for breast cancer research. 

The volleyball team’s initiative, according to attendance coordinator and volleyball coach Nga Tran, isn’t just SHC, but is part of a national effort to raise both awareness and funds for researchers at the SideOut Foundation in an effort called Dig Pink

“It’s one of their bigger drives,” says Tran “but for us, for volleyball, it’s year round. Throughout the US … they’re all in pink somewhere.”

The Irish have been selling goodies at all the home games, and the last lunchtime drive is this coming Tuesday the 22nd. 

Nga expects to raise up to $1,000 over the course of the month. She says the initiative is now almost entirely student-run, with students volunteering to make all kinds of goodies, staff tables, and hang out for the cause. One day she hopes to go a step further, to get the whole West Catholic League involved in a unified push, to do something for breast cancer research and be recognized for what they were able to raise. 

If you want to participate and support Breast Cancer Awareness through SHC, click here to donate online directly to the SideOut campaign.

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