, 2014

Volleyball teams prepare
for annual ‘Dig Pink’ games

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

The Lady Devils will play for a cause on Tuesday, October 22, and they are inviting the community to join in the fight.

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Lancaster High’s JV and varsity volleyball players form a pink ribbon in recognition of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Lancaster’s JV and varsity volleyball teams will host Rappahannock in their 4th Annual Dig Pink Night to raise money in the battle against breast cancer, according to organizer Anna Kellum. The JV game begins at 6 p.m. with the varsity to follow. Admission is $5 per person.

Over the last four years, Lancaster’s event has become increasingly popular and includes a raffle, bake sale and memory garden in honor and memory of breast cancer survivors and victims in our community. Long sleeve and short sleeve souvenir tee-shirts are currently being sold by players and at LHS.

The event raises money and awareness for the Side-Out Foundation’s Dig Pink National Breast Cancer Awareness Rally, held every year in October during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Thousands of high school and college teams around the country will participate in the Side-Out event at some time during the month.

The Lady Devils were ranked third among Virginia High School League (VHSL) teams in 2012 for raising $5,765 for breast cancer research, according to Kellum. Auburn High School earned the number one ranking with $7,760 and Loudon County was second with $7,655.49. According to the VHSL, Virginia was ranked fourth in the country by raising a total of $69,003

The Side-Out Foundation in Washington, D.C., has raised millions of dollars for breast cancer research nationally through volleyball tournaments, clinics and rallies. Its name underscores the purpose of the organization. A side-out in volleyball occurs when a team wins a point while its opponent is serving, thereby regaining control of play. In the fight against breast cancer, the Side-Out Foundation helps health care professions in the pursuit of a cure, and solutions for those fighting the disease, thus enabling those affected to regain control of their lives.

Proceeds from Lancaster’s bake sale, raffle and tee-shirt sale and any donations collected will benefit the Side-Out Foundation.

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