LANCASTER, PA -- During the month of October, the Washington College women's volleyball team and the other women's volleyball teams in the Centennial Conference are joining together to raise awareness and money for pediatric cancer research.
Prior to a designated match, each conference school will collect donations and pledges from friends, families, and team supporters for each dig the team records in its selected match. A dig is a defensive play where a player prevents an opponent's attack from scoring by "digging" the ball before it hits the ground. Pledges and donations will be collected in the first week of November. Washington College's designated match will be a home match against Franklin & Marshall on Saturday, October 22nd. Match time is 12:00 p.m.
Over the last five years, the 11 teams have raised $42,857 in donations and pledges to support breast cancer research. Last year the money raised ($6,500) was donated to Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC), a non-profit organization based in Haverford, Pa., dedicated to empowering all women affected by breast cancer to live as long as possible with the best quality of life.
For the 2011 campaign, the money raised by each team will go directly to Tanner's Touch. Tanner's Touch, a non-profit organization based in Carroll County, Md., was founded by former Gettysburg assistant volleyball coach Stephanie (Yingling) Moore in honor of her son who was diagnosed with a very rare and aggressive form of pediatric cancer in 2009. Tanner's Touch will, in turn, donate the proceeds to Johns Hopkins Pediatric Cancer Research.
The donations will be collected by the end of October and the total amount raised by the conference schools will be announced at the Centennial Volleyball Championships on November 4-5, 2011.
Please contact Washington College head volleyball coach Lacey Lister at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-810-7463 to make a pledge or donation.