FLORENCE, SC – On Tuesday (Oct. 12), the Francis Marion University women’s volleyball team will host its third-annual Dig Pink Match to raise funds for and to promote Breast Cancer Awareness.
The Patriots, 11-7 heading into a Saturday road match, will play host to Converse College on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Smith University Center. Admission is free.
The Patriots will wear pink jerseys and fans are encouraged to wear pink. Donations may be made on line at https://www.side-out.org/application/teams/team_page/679
Cash or check (payable to The Side-Out Foundation – please reference Francis Marion University Volleyball in the memo or note portion of the check) donations will also be welcome at the match.
Francis Marion will be joining forces with hundreds of teams from around the country to participate in the “Dig Pink” National Breast Cancer Awareness Rally this fall. The program hopes that “Dig Pink” attendees will not only cheer the players on as they compete on the court, but will also support the cause by donating funds and by making a statement by wearing pink to the match.
The proceeds from all donations will benefit the Side-Out Foundation, a national 501(c)(3) located in the Washington, D.C. The foundation’s 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 will support 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 live them to the fullest.
Breast cancer has touched the lives of members of FMU athletic 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.