No matter which team has the highest score when the Institute of Notre Dame (IND) takes on Maryvale Preparatory School in next week’s volleyball match, the true winners won’t be found on the court. The two girls’ schools are participating in Dig Pink, a nationwide effort in the volleyball community to raise funds for breast cancer research and to promote breast cancer awareness.
Dig Pink is an effort of the Side-Out Foundation, an organization working with colleges, high schools, middle schools, and club teams to fundraise. Proceeds are donated to research organizations and other groups that provide support to breast cancer patients and their families.
The games should be exciting, as both IND and Maryvale have solid records this season and have been working closely to ensure that the game is a success. The motivation to hold the fundraiser came from IND co-captain Aimee Petrides, a senior who learned about the nationwide effort at a summer volleyball tournament. She approached her school’s Athletic Director with the idea and then engaged the team as well as other segments of the school community.
“Doing an event like this is important to me because my great aunt is breast cancer survivor,” explains Aimee. “Breast Cancer has had a huge impact on my family and it could impact my life and health in the future.”
Breast cancer awareness at IND is not limited to the Dig Pink games on October 11, this month students are receiving breast cancer facts and information through the health physical education departments. As part of the fundraising efforts, the student government also known as TASC (Teacher and Student Cooperative is selling pink smoothies and pink bracelets reading “IND for LIFE;” and the Peer Ministry group is selling pink ribbons to be worn on sweaters and blazers.
Varsity volleyball player senior Racquelle Contreras, who is also TASC President and a peer minister says, “The small ways we raise awareness and fundraise could save one from Breast Cancer. It’s a reality, some of us live with, and it’s important. It’s life.”
With a goal of raising $1,000 for the Side-Out Foundation, the volleyball teams are selling Dig Pink t-shirts, hosting a pink bake sale, and charging $1 admission for the games at IND (JV at 4:00 p.m., varsity at 5:30 p.m.) to raise funds and awareness. The fans won’t be the only ones looking pretty in pink. During the Dig Pink game, both teams will be accessorized in Dig Pink t-shirts as well as pink shoelaces, socks, and ribbons.