BANNER ELK, N.C. - When the total figures came in a week ago, the Lees-McRae College Lady Bobcats volleyball team concluded that they raised $1,851 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation in their push to "Dig for the Cure."
The Conference Carolinas volleyball coaches decided that each
team would host a Dig for the Cure activity to raise money for the
Susan G. Komen Foundation. The Lady Bobcats decided to hold a
"pink out" on Tuesday, October 28th when they hosted Pfeiffer. The
goal was to raise money and to have everyone in the gym wearing
The team and coaching staff raised money in several different ways during the month. They sold Lees-McRae Dig for the Cure t-shirts to the community, faculty, friends and family. Those shirts were donated by M-PRINTS in Boone. M-PRINTS also donated extra blank t-shirts for students to wear during the match.
They also hosted a pre-game meal for anyone that purchased a Pink Shirt at 6 p.m., an hour prior to the 7 p.m. match against Pfeiffer. Considering it snowed the night before the event, over 70 faculty and staff attended the dinner. Quiznos and Bellas are two local restaurants that participated by donating free food for the event.
Finally, the team also asked individuals to donate a dollar for every dig the team made during our match against Pfeiffer. The teams registered 61 digs that night.
When all was said and done, the team raised $1,831 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, which is $500 over last year's total. The Susan G. Komen Foundation is the leading foundation for breast cancer research. Since it began in 1982 by Komen's sister, Nancy G. Brinker, the foundation has invested over one billion dollars in the fight against breast cancer.
"I am very proud of our team," said head coach Jamie Petrik. "They got out there and were relentless in asking people to buy shirts and support the cause." Petrik also added, "Jim Valvano (former NC State men's basketball coach) said when he was dying of cancer, he hoped that the money he raised would go to help someone be cured in the future. I hope my team sees the day when that happens."
Valvano made his statement during the 1993 ESPY Awards on ESPN. During his speech, Valvano and ESPN teamed up to form the Jimmy V foundation for Cancer research.
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