The Sayville Girls Volleyball (varsity and JV teams) team raised more than $500 for breast cancer awareness in their Dig Pink fundraiser. Donning their pink jerseys, the Sayville varsity girls also shut out Bellport 3-0 on Tuesday, making the team 8-2 on the season.
In conjunction with Suffolk County Volleyball, Sayville has been participating in the Dig Pink event for the last four years. All of the volleyball teams in Suffolk County designate a scheduled match for Dig Pink throughout the week.
All of the baked goods sold during the event – which included cookies, cupcakes, brownies, breads, all with a pink theme – came from family donations. “We started doing this back in 2008 and since then it has grown and really become a tradition. The families of the players pitched in and the community came out to support us,” said Coach Debbie Urso. “It really made the event a success.”
Aside from the goodies for sale, there were also t-shirts and tank tops up for grabs. The girls were selling pink paper volleyballs, and collecting donations for every dig made during the game. There was a raffle for special Halloween treat bags as well as a 50/50. All of the proceeds go to the Side-Out Foundation.
The Side-Out Foundation was established in 2004 to unite volleyball players and coaches and to have them work toward the common goal of furthering breast cancer awareness, education and patient services. Side-Out supports teams nationwide in their volleyball tournaments, clinics and other fundraising efforts. The funds go to organizations that serve breast cancer patients, whether it be in the form of research, medical services or compassionate support.
Anyone who would like to still make a donation can log on to the Side-Out Foundation at www.suffolkcountydigspink.org.