West Potomac High School's volleyball team is hosting its second annual Dig Pink match on Oct. 14 against J.E.B. Stuart High.
Dig Pink is a national project sponsored by the Side-Out Foundation, which combines volleyball with breast cancer awareness, education and research. Though Side-Out has its own team and hosts national tournaments, clinics and camps, it also launches its annual Dig Pink project every October to encourage local volleyball teams to hold matches to raise money and awareness for the cause.
At this point, Side-Out has about 950 teams registered to hold Dig Pink events throughout this month, including matches at West Potomac and West Springfield. The target goal overall for all national matches is $1.5 million, and the organization has made about $1400 thus far.
The Wolverines are seeking to boost the donations with their event. The event will cost $5 to attend and will feature a raffle with gift cards to restaurants including Chipotle, Overwood, Primo Family Restaurant, and Starbucks Coffee.
There will also be a silent auction featuring unique crafted jewelry, free hair cut and dye certificates to a local salon, and even a weekend getaway to Lake Anna.
The team will also be selling Dig Pink attire and pink baked goods at the concession stand. Additionally, a fan serving contest will be held with the best non-team server receiving a prize.
West Potomac's head coach Rebecca Waters is hoping the money raised will exceed last year's $1000 total.
"While we certainly would love to have a large turnout, the primary goal of the evening is to raise funds," Waters said. "The more people that come to the match, though, the more donations we can get and the more people can participate in our money-raising events—not to mention the more people we can have in the stands cheering on the teams!"
Waters and her team hope to win the game. "I think it'll be a pretty close match, hopefully with West Potomac coming out on top," she said.
The event against J.E.B. Stuart kicks off on Thursday with the freshman match at 5 p.m., followed by the junior varsity match at 6 p.m. and the varsity match at 7:15 p.m. Admission is $5.