NEWARK, Del. - October represents breast cancer awareness month and all over the country teams of all levels and all sports will be participating in games to help fight breast cancer. The University of Delaware volleyball team will do its part by teaming up with the Side-Out Foundation and is hosting its annual Dig Pink Match on Friday, Oct. 8 when it hosts Virginia Commonwealth at 7 p.m. on Barb Viera Court.
Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the match to show their support in the
fight against breast cancer. Friday night is also Family Fun Friday, so the
entire Blue Hen team will be hanging out after the match for an autograph
session. Stick around following the last point of the match for a free poster
signed by the team.
In conjunction with the autograph session, there will be a voucher distributed
to all fans at the end of the game for BOGO to the Delaware football game
against Maine on Saturday, Oct. 9 at 1 p.m.
Saturday's match against William & Mary will be held at the Bob Carpenter
Center, following the football contest at 6 p.m. Fans from the football game
can bring their game ticket to receive free admission to the match. Present
your football ticket from the 1 p.m. kickoff at Delaware Stadium at the door of
the volleyball match for your free general admission seat.
Tickets can be pre-ordered for Saturday's contest this week only by calling the
ticket office number at 302-831-2257. Tickets will also be sold at the door.
The Side-Out Foundation is an organization started by Rick Dunetz, a former
high school volleyball coach at West Springfield High School in Springfield,
Va. In his first season, he learned that his mother, Gloria Dunetz was
diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time.
One day during practice, he took a moment to share his mom's story with the
team. They were inspired by his sincerity as well as his commitment to them,
especially in view of what he was dealing with personally. They decided they
wanted to win, for him as well as his mom.
The team started to put together a winning season. Gloria watched many of the
games, and the girls' determination to win brought her great hope. She faced
her own adversity with courage and optimism. The team went on to win the
district championship title, a status never before achieved at its high school.
Rick observed a transformation in both his team and his mom during that
wonderful season, and he created Side-Out to reach other athletes and cancer
patients. Through the foundation's events and education, he brings hope and
energy to the breast cancer cause. And it all began with one magical season.
However, the Side-Out Foundations turn a tragic hit this past summer when
Gloria succumbed to breast cancer on Friday, August 20, 2010 in her home in
This year, the Side-Out Foundation has over 1,500 colleges, universities and
high school programs joining together to raise money and awareness to award
grants to medical research organizations and entities dedicated to providing
compassionate support to breast cancer patient and their families.
To donate to Delaware's cause, and help the team reach its goal of raising
$1,000 please visit its team page here.
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