Volleyball players from both South and Park Hill sold t-shirts, collected donations and made posters to raise awareness for their “Dig for a Cure” themed match October 9.
Park Hill coach Lindsay Hood turned the rivalry match into an event fully dedicated to educate players and spectators on breast cancer- even lining up survivors to speak at the event as well as hosting a silent auction and a raffle.
“Developing these student athletes into well-rounded young ladies takes more than one person,” said Hood. “The girls have to take ownership of this in this event so they realize the importance of the matter.”
For the week before the match, both teams sold “Dig for a Cure” t-shirts at lunch, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen foundation. Together, 444 t-shirts were sold, raising $2,220 for the cause. Hood expected the auction to raise another $2,000.
“Selling the t-shirts promotes charity and gets the kids excited for a good cause,” said Debbie Fay, South head coach.
The teams made it a competition to see who can have the most fans sporting these shirts at the game. The players themselves also wore special pink jerseys for the night.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and South and Park Hill are not the only teams collaborating to work for a cure. Thousands of “Dig for a Cure” games will take place across America this month. One match in Paragould, Ark. has already raised over $10K for the cause.
“It’s something we really need to find a cure for. I think everyone has been affected by breast cancer. I know my aunt had it,” said Tori Kerr, South senior player.
Although Kerr said it is nice to be able to come together and work with Park Hill for a good cause, she says there was no way they will lose to them. South swept the match in two games, beating their rivals and breast cancer in one night.