The York College volleyball team certainly does.
Throughout the 2008 season, the entire 15-player and three-coach roster of the Spartan volleyball program is taking part in the nation-wide Dig for the Cure campaign, raising funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer.
“Breast cancer affects so many people, both women and men,” Spartan head coach Sue DuMars said. “We are privileged to get to be a part of Dig for the Cure, and we are grateful to our fans for joining us in this cause.”
Dig for the Cure is a national movement committed to raising funds and awareness through the sport of volleyball. In 2008, over 150 college and high school programs have signed on to participate in addition to five collegiate conferences and one scholastic league. Included among these institutions are such well-known schools as Florida State, Maryland, Notre Dame, LSU, Villanova, and Stanford. In its five years of existence, this organization has raised $340,000 to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation. In the past three seasons, participation has jumped nearly 500 percent from 26 institutions in 2006 to the 150 in 2008.
“This is campaign is gaining more and more momentum,” DuMars said. “I am excited that we are joining the other programs who have been involved with his event.”
The Spartans fundraising efforts will culminate in their last regular-season home match on October 29 against Goucher College. The traditionally green and white will don pink jerseys for the match and toss pink volleyballs into the crowd.
“The players have been excited about this campaign throughout the season,” DuMars said. “They have worked very hard to make it successful. That will be an exciting evening, to see all their efforts come to fruition.”
For the October 29th match, York will team up with Feel Your Boobies, a non-profit organization that raises breast cancer awareness through the utilization of “innovative and unconventional methods to remind women especially those under 40 to feel their boobies.” The organization, which is set to bring their trademark pink car, will also distribute t-shirts, car magnets and reminder cards with detection information to those in attendance.
“This is such a forward-thinking organization,” DuMars said of Feel Your Boobies. “They get the word out about early detection in very unique ways and they definitely appeal to college students with their youthful and provocative marketing methods.”
York will continue to raise funds throughout the remainder of the season. Thus far, the Spartans have raised $1500 toward their goal of $5000. For more information please contact Coach DuMars at email@example.com.