(Story courtesy of All Volleyball)
A few months ago, All Volleyball presented Lafayette and Marquette High Schools with a challenge. Would they partner with All Volleyball, a local volleyball equipment and uniform shop AND their biggest rival to help support women with one of the most serious forms of breast cancer?
Of course both teams said yes. Every year both teams already support causes that are important to our community and breast cancer hits home a little harder than any other.
All Volleyball is working with the Side-Out Foundation. A nonprofit organization that raises money to inspire hope, fund research and clinical trials for women with Stage 4 Metastatic breast cancer.
The Dig Pink Challenge is a charity volleyball match that will be hosted by Lafayette High School on October 15 vs. Marquette to raise money for the Side Out Foundation. We are all working together to raise $45,000.
Each team is challenged to raise $7,500 (totaling $15,000), All Volleyball has pledged another $15,000 and we’re asking the community to help us raise another $15,000 by October 15.
Why is Breast Cancer an Important Cause to both teams?
It’s important because: One in eight women will be diagnosed with some form of breast cancer. That means it’s very possible that more than one of the girls on our teams are going to get the disease in her lifetime. That’s why it matters.
Aren’t Lafayette and Marquette rival teams, why work together?
It’s true, on the court they are fierce competitors.
Off the court they will have to use that same drive to fight an event bigger opponent. Most of us know someone who has been affected by breast cancer.
The rivalry is what’s going to help them meet their fundraising goals! No way do they want the Lafayette/Marquette team to raise more money!
How are you Raising the Money?
All Volleyball set up a fundraising website, www.digpinkchallenge.org where our friends can make a contribution in the name of each school.
Teams are selling T-shirts at home games
Both schools sports teams are getting involved with fund raising and will help out on game day.
Why Did All Volleyball invite Lafayette & Marquette to the Dig Pink Challenge?
At All Volleyball service to our community has been part of our mission ever since we opened in 1995.
We call it All Volleyball Serves and it’s at the core of everything we do.
We have been blessed with the opportunity and ability to make a difference and so we donate a portion of our profits to organizations and events that help others. We’ve realized it’s not what we sell but rather why we sell it that matters.
It’s important to remember why we wear pink. Just wearing the color isn’t enough make a difference. That’s why All Volleyball is partnering with the Side-Out Foundation to help bring hope and support to women with Stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. The money we raise will make a difference to women who are battling the worst forms of the disease.
How can people get involved?
At the All Volleyball Store store we are collecting customer donations for the Dig Pink Challenge,
Donations can be made on our website, www.digpinkchallenge.org,
You can follow our Facebook page to follow as our store-team is hosts individual fundraisers to get us to our $45,000 goal
What is the Olympic Volleyball Connection to Breast Cancer?
We are so proud of all the USA players on the court and on the sand. We are especially cheering for two of the USA’s top players, April Ross (she plays beach volleyball) and Jordan Larson (she plays indoor). They both lost their mothers to breast cancer when they were very young. Which is very sad and also brings home how the many people are affected by the disease. (Retired USA Beach champion, Misty May-Treanor also lost her mother to Breast Cancer)
That’s a volleyball connection we all have to breast cancer. Through the partnership of All Volleyball with Side Out Foundation and the hard work of the Lady Lancers and Lady Mustangs we are fighting back with the Dig Pink Challenge.
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