Xavier to Hold Dig For the Cure Match
Oct. 4, 2006
CINCINNATI - On Thursday, October 26, the Xavier volleyball program will hold its first annual "Dig For the Cure" match at Cintas Center. The Musketeers will take on rival Dayton at 7:00 pm and join a conference-wide initiative to help raise money for the Greater Cincinnati chapter of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The event has been adopted by the Atlantic 10 Conference and helps promote Breast Cancer Awareness month throughout October.
For information on how to take part in the Dig for the Cure on October 26, please contact the Xavier volleyball office at 513-745-3414.
Head Coach Lisa Marston and the Charlotte 49ers Volleyball program started a growing volleyball tradition by dedicating a home match to raising money for breast cancer research. This tradition has caught on with other coaches around the country as all Atlantic 10 schools and other programs have dedicated a night for the cause.
The 2006 season will mark the first year that the Xavier Musketeers volleyball team has raised money for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Through the "Dig for the Cure" program, spearheaded by 49ers coach Lisa Marston, the 49ers and its conference brethren have helped raise more than $36,000 over the last three years for the Foundation.
In 2005, with A-10 partners Dayton, Duquesne and Rhode Island also participating, the "Dig For the Cure" program raised over $10,000. In 2004, Coach Marston was successful in landing all fourteen Conference USA volleyball teams in the program, and the result was a combined total of over $22,000. In 2006, each Atlantic 10 volleyball program is scheduled to participate.
Dig for the Cure is a cause that is near and dear to Marston's heart.
"My mother is a breast cancer survivor," she said. "We started this program to honor breast cancer survivors around the world. Most every person has been affected in some way by breast cancer, and so many people responded that we decided to expand it and get the rest of the conference involved. I am really pleased that we have teams involved besides just our conference schools. I hope it can become a fundraising competition between conferences."
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.
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, visit www.komen.org or call the National Toll-Free Breast Care Helpline at 1.800 I'M AWARE® (1-800-462-9273). Anyone interested in pledging money or making a donation to this year's Dig for the Cure effort can contact the Xavier Volleyball office at 513-745-3414.
Dig For the Cure Scheduled Nights
George Washington - Sept. 22nd vs. Dayton
Dayton - Oct. 13th vs. Rhode Island
Wake Forest - Nov. 3 vs. N.C. State
UAB - TBA