ATLANTA - The Georgia State Volleyball team will partner with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Greater Atlanta Affiliate for the second straight year to raise awareness and funds to help fight the cause of breast cancer.

The Panthers 2009 “Dig for the Cure” will take place on Saturday, September 26th against UNC-Wilmington at 2:00 p.m. It also serves as Georgia State’s CAA opener. Admission to the match is free of charge.

“I am excited about being involved in raising money for Breast Cancer Research,” commented head coach Mike Webster. “It is a cause that has touched all of us in some way and this is a great way for our team to make a difference in the community and for our families.”
Fans, businesses and coworkers may pledge amounts for every dig the Panthers record against the Seahawks or they may make a one-time donation to the cause. Last year alone, the Panthers raised $1845 for Komen Atlanta.

Pledges and donations for “Dig for a Cure” can be made at anytime leading up to the event by contacting assistant coach Ada Bazin at
404-413-4068 or abazin@gsu.edu.

“My competitive nature wants this event to be bigger and better than last year,” commented Bazin. “We want to pass the $1,800 mark this time around and contribute more to such an important cause. With Audrey Cantrell digging balls for us so well, I feel really good about reaching our goal.”

The team is also encouraging all fans to come out that day and wear pink to the Sports Arena in support of the team and the cause, while cheering the Panthers on to victory. The team will throw out white and pink balls to the crowd while donning pink warm-up t-shirts of their own.

This continues a proud tradition that the Georgia State volleyball team has with the community. The team annually hosts the Boys and Girls Club of Atlanta, as well as the Girls Scouts of Metro Atlanta.

Through the “Dig for the Cure” program, volleyball teams and coaches from around the country have helped raised over $340,000 over the last five years for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. All money raised by the Panthers and every other participating team goes directly to the local Komen Affiliate in their community.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure 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, Komen is an international organization with a network of hundreds of thousands of volunteers working through local affiliates and events like the Komen Race for the Cure® to save lives and end breast cancer forever. Together with its Affiliate Network, corporate partners and generous donors, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure raises more than $275 million annually for the fight against breast cancer.

The Panthers next match will come Friday at the Elon Invitational, taking on Navy at 4:30 p.m.