Sept. 24, 2007
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara women's volleyball team will be one of many collegiate volleyball programs to participate in this year's "Dig for the Cure" program to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The Broncos have selected their home match against Loyola Marymount on Oct. 20 to host the nationwide event.
"This is a great event for college students to participate in," said head volleyball coach Jon Wallace. "It opens up their world and gives them a new perspective on life. They are also given the opportunity to help others with the sport that they love so much."
Fans can sponsor the Broncos by pledging money per dig recorded in the match that Saturday afternoon, or can make a flat donation. The money raised by the Santa Clara volleyball program goes directly to the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
"Breast cancer has become a major issue in our lives today," said redshirt freshman Kim Courtney. "It is very important for young women to be supportive of this cause and I believe that hosting an event like `Dig for the Cure' will help being awareness to our campus and community. Hopefully this event will help make a difference in many lives."
The Dig for the Cure campaign was started in 2003 by Charlotte head coach Lisa Marston, and has spread to numerous other volleyball programs across the country.
About the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation (courtesy of the foundation's website):
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. A global leader in the fight against breast cancer, the Foundation fulfills its mission through support of innovative breast cancer research grants, meritorious awards and educational, scientific and community outreach programs around the world. 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 about breast health or breast cancer, visit the Foundation's award-winning Web site at www.komen.org or call the Foundation's National Toll-Free Breast Care Helpline at 1.800 I'M AWARE® (1.800.462.9273).