COLCHESTER, Vt. - As part of October's National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Saint Michael's College women's volleyball team will hold its annual Dig Pink match on Saturday when it takes on Adelphi University at 1 p.m. in the Ross Sports Center. This marks the eighth consecutive season the Purple Knights hold a fundraiser match, and the seventh straight they will benefit cancer-related initiatives.
During Dig Pink, all donations fans wish to make will go toward the Side-Out Foundation, an organization established in Springfield, Va., that focuses on raising awareness in the volleyball community about cancer and advocating for cutting-edge cancer research. In particular, the Purple Knights have decided to help fund a clinical trial specifically geared toward patients with stage 4 breast cancer, the most advanced form and the least funded area of research. The Purple Knights raised nearly $2,500 through Dig Pink the last three years - including almost $1,000 in 2016 alone - and have already garnered $354 for this year as of Friday afternoon.
The Saint Michael's players will incorporate the color pink into their uniforms during the match, including wearing pink warm-up T-shirts, and fans are encouraged to wear pink to show their support to the cause. To make an online donation to the Saint Michael's effort, visit here.