Meadville Tribune

October 8, 2013

Allegheny volleyball making a difference

By Adam Bronson
Meadville Tribune

MEADVILLE — Making a difference doesn’t have to be a complicated process. The idea can spring from a simple magazine.

Sierra Hall, a 2016 biology major and a defensive specialist for the volleyball team, found ways to contribute to the fight against breast cancer.

“I went through Oriental Trading and found really cheap fundraising ideas and as a team we’re going through the Side-Out Foundation to help support breast cancer,” Hall said.    

The Allegheny women’s volleyball team will hold a “Dig Pink” game today at Allegheny, to raise awareness for breast cancer.

The players cannot change their jerseys during a collegiate contest but will be wearing pink warm-ups and pink ribbons in their hair before the game. Pink is the national color signifying breast cancer awareness and is connected with October and National Breast Cancer Awareness month.

“Dig Pink” is the trademark event for the Side-Out foundation. Side-Out takes the proceeds from the events and fundraising, and in turn, it awards grants to medical research organizations for cancer.

The women’s volleyball team has been active in their efforts to raise money.

 “We have been tabling for T-shirt sign-offs in the campus center and we are holding a bake sale this week for breast cancer,” Hall said, “At the game we’ll continue to sell baked goods at the concession stand and have volleyball games, with a chance to win a T-shirt and a 50/50 raffle.”

The T-shirts being sold are $10 apiece and the baked goods are made and donated by the players. Wristbands and necklaces will be available for purchase and prizes can be won in the campus center at Allegheny College for helping to support breast cancer awareness.

For Hall, visual representation sparks the awareness for breast cancer.

“People buy the T-shirts because they saw it and they can wear it to the game, but it takes everyone from the buyer to the seller to get involved,” Hall said.

The women’s volleyball team isn’t the only sports team at Allegheny raising awareness. The women’s soccer team also got involved with a “Kick for Cancer” game where the players sported pink before the game. Similar to the women’s volleyball team, the women’s soccer team also held a bake sale to raise money for breast cancer.

Allegheny athletics’ support for the cause hasn’t gone unnoticed.

“It shows how thoughtful Allegheny is and their willingness to help fight breast cancer,” Jim Berger, Allegheny’s director of athletic communications, said.

Allegheny isn’t a stranger to contributing funds for breast cancer. This year isn’t the first year Allegheny has offered support for the cancer victims.

“The support has been going on for at least 15 years here,” Bridget Sheehan, Allegheny College women’s volleyball head coach said. “The money has always gone to local cancer societies…we try to make the dollars earn as much service value as possible.”

In the past, Allegheny women athletics have raised money for the American Cancer Society, American Heart Society and the Susan G. Komen Foundation.  This year they will give the benefits to the Side-Out Foundation.

“This year we are focusing more on sending money for research to the medical schools and hospitals,” Hall said.

In the past the money has been used to purchase wigs and other necessities for the cancer patients.

“It’s cool because we’re a small school but we can still make a big impact,” Hall said.

Allegheny will take on in-conference foe Hiram today at 7p.m. for the “Dig Pink” game.