PHILADELPHIA Penn’s volleyball match with Dartmouth on October 24 in The Palestra will take on more meaning as the two teams participate in the Dig Pink initiative sponsored by the Side-Out Foundation.
Dig Pink is a movement to raise breast cancer awareness by sponsoring volleyball matches throughout the country amongst club, high school and college teams.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and the Dig Pink initiative has taken on added meaning for the Penn volleyball program since the leave of absence taken by head coach Kerry Carr for a bilateral mastectomy to treat her own breast cancer. Ironically, Carr’s mammogram was scheduled after the team decided to participate in Dig Pink.
Carr’s story has recently been featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer and The Philadelphia Daily News. You can read the Inquirer story here and the Daily News story here.
Dig Pink is a country-wide campaign to raise money for breast cancer research sponsored by the Side-Out Foundation, national 501(c)(3) located in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area. Throughout the course of its existence, the foundation has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for breast cancer research nationally through volleyball tournaments, clinics and rallies.
Their name underscores the purpose of the organization “Side-Out” in volleyball occurs when one team wins a point while its opponent is serving, thereby regaining serve or control of play. Likewise, in the war against breast cancer, the Side-Out Foundation supports health care professionals in their pursuit of practical solutions for women and men with this dreaded disease, thus enabling those affected to regain control of their lives and living them to the fullest.
Prior to Friday’s match with Dartmouth, both teams will wear specially designed Dig Pink shirts during warmups. In addition, Penn libero Madison Wojciechowski will wear a pink jersey during the match. All players, coaches and officials will be wearing pink shoelaces.
Fans attending the match are encouraged to wear pink in support of the cause. Pink rubber bracelets will be available for the first 100 fans in attendance and pink pom-poms will be distributed as well. Finally, pink t-shirts made for the event will be available for purchase for $20.00.
At halftime, a special announcement honoring all cancer survivors will be made asking for them and their family members to stand and be recognized if they wish.
To donate online to the Dig Pink fund please click here.
In addition, checks can be mailed to the following address with Penn Volleyball in the memo line:
The Side-Out Foundation
P.O. Box 884
Annandale, VA 22003
A third way to donate will be at the match on Friday. A donation box will be available at the entrance to The Palestra for fans to make a contribution to the fund.