FLORENCE, SC – On Tuesday (Oct. 25), the Francis Marion University women’s volleyball team, in conjunction with the Side-Out Foundation and Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, will play host to its fourth-annual Dig Pink Volleyball Match. The Patriots will entertain local-rival Coker College with first service set for 7 p.m. Admission is free.
In the fall of 2011, hundreds of teams from around the country will participate in the “Dig Pink” National Breast Cancer Awareness Rally. The FMU volleyball 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 making a statement by wearing pink to the match.
The Patriots (9-14) will wear pink jerseys and fans are encouraged to wear pink. Coker will enter the contest with an 8-14 record.
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.
The proceeds from all donations will benefit the Side-Out Foundation, a national 501(c)(3) located in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area (Tax ID # 20-2510044). 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 are welcome at the match, or you may simply go online to the volleyball page at www.fmupatriots.com to make a donation by credit card.
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.