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FMU holds pink matches on volleyball court and soccer field

FLORENCE, SC – Both the Francis Marion University women’s volleyball team and men’s soccer team will host matches this week while raising funds for and promoting Breast Cancer Awareness.

The Patriot volleyball team (10-10) will host Coker College (2-21) on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Smith University Center in the program’s annual Dig Pink Match. Admission is free. FMU is one of hundreds of squads participating in the National Breast Cancer Awareness Rally.

The Patriots will wear pink jerseys and fans are encouraged to wear pink. Donations may be made on line at

The FMU men’s soccer team will entertain Peach Belt Conference foe USC Aiken on Wednesday at 4 p.m. in the annual Passionately Pink for the Cure match. The match will be played with a pink ball, and again fans are asked to wear pink. Admission is free.

The Patriots (8-3-3, 3-1-2) have lost only once in their past 13 conference matches. USCA is 4-9-1 overall and 1-5-0 in the PBC.

Commemorative pink t-shirts will be available for purchase and donations can be made on-line to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the leader of the global breast cancer movement, in honor of the Patriot men’s soccer team at

Breast cancer has touched the lives of members of both FMU programs in the past through family members and friends. “This is a way we can combine intercollegiate athletics and a very worth-while cause to both raise money for and promote awareness of this disease,” said FMU head volleyball coach Paul MacDonald. Patriot men’s soccer coach Kevin Varnado said, “This is the fourth year we have participated in the Passionately Pink program and we look forward to the match every year. We try and involve as many people as possible, and hope to improve on our involvement, both fundraising and awareness, each year.”


Last Published: October 28, 2009 3:47 PM
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