“Who do you play for?”
That is the question the Culver Girls Academy volleyball players answered Wednesday night at their annual Dig Pink night. The evening is dedicated to raising awareness about cancer and funds to battle it. During introductions prior the varsity game against Oregon-Davis, each girl recognized a family member, friend, or coach who had battled cancer.
With October designated as breast cancer awareness month, the players and coaches wore special pink jerseys to show their support. Along with raising awareness, the team raised more than $1,500 for the Side-Out Foundation, a breast cancer research non-profit started by a Virginia high school volleyball coach in honor of his mother. While the money will go for breast cancer research, Grace Farrall said the Dig Pink night is intended to raise awareness of all types of cancer.
This is the second year that Grace and her sister, Samantha, both juniors from Valparaiso, Indiana, have organized the event. Proceeds came from donations and the selling of “Passionately Pink” wristbands and gray Culver shorts. There was also a “ServeAthon!” skills competition with people entering for a chance to win a Pappa’s gift certificate. Several students came to the game wearing pink shirts, shorts, or socks as a show of support.
The evening had a perfect finish with the varsity winning in three games and the junior varsity winning in two.