Oct. 9, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State University volleyball coaches and student-athletes have joined up with 24 other volleyball programs around the country to raise money for the “Dig for the Cure” campaign to benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The Seminoles have selected their October 22 match against Duke as their designated match to raise money.
Participating schools designated one home volleyball match in October, which is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, or November. Individual sponsors pledge money per dig earned by their team in the match, or can make a flat donation to the cause. The money raised by each team goes directly to the Komen Foundation’s local affiliate in their community.
“This is something that has touched almost all of us in one capacity or another,” FSU head coach Todd Kress said. “Our team knows the importance of giving back to the community, but when you think about the scope of the disease it’s very humbling so we’re just trying to do our part. I’m glad to see our sport is doing something to try to help raise awareness and fight breast cancer.”
Anyone wishing to donate can call the Florida State volleyball office at (850) 644-3003 or give their pledge to a Seminole coach or student-athlete following any of the two home matches prior to or at the October 22 contest with Duke.
The “Dig for the Cure” program was spearheaded three years ago by Charlotte 49ers head coach Lisa Marston, whose mother is a breast cancer survivor. Through the “Dig for the Cure” program, volleyball teams around the country have helped raise more than $36,000 over the last three years for the Foundation.
The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation was established in 1982 by Nancy Brinker to honor the memory of her sister, Susan G. Komen, who died from breast cancer at the age of 36. Today, the Foundation is an international organization with a network of more than 75,000 volunteers working through local affiliates and events like the Komen Race for the Cure® to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease. Together with its Affiliate Network, corporate partners and generous donors, the Komen Foundation has raised more than $740 million for the fight against breast cancer.
For more information, call the National Toll-Free Breast Care Helpline at 1.800 I’M AWARE® (1.800.462.9273) or visit www.komen.org or www.jaxraceforthecure.org.