October 7, 2009

Ferris Volleyball Encourages Fans To DiG PiNK

The 2009 Ferris State University women's volleyball team will participate in the national DiG PiNK initiative this Friday (Oct. 9) as the Bulldogs host the Tiffin Dragons in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) match play at FSU's Ewigleben Sports Arena in Big Rapids, Mich.

Opening serve is set for 6 p.m. (EDT) and fans are encouraged to wear something pink to the match in an effort to raise breast cancer awareness.  October is designated as national breast cancer awareness month.

Proceeds from the match will be divided between the Susan P. Wheatlake Foundation for breast cancer research and DiG PiNK.  A serving contest will also be held in between sets two and three for prizes and a $1 entry fee will be required with all of those funds being donated to the Susan P. Wheatlake Foundation.

The College vs. Cancer student residential student organization will be selling t-shirts and distributing educational fliers about breast cancer awareness.  A basket of goodies will also be auctioned off.

A highlight of this Friday's match will be a honorary opening-match serve from current breast cancer survivor Terri Bloomquist, who presently is the coordinator of veteran and athletic programs at Ferris State University. 

Members of the 2009 Bulldog volleyball team will be wearing pink uniforms for the match but unlike last year, the uniforms won't be auctioned off. 

"We (the volleyball program) do a number of community service projects and the DiG PiNK fundraiser is one of our most important," said Ferris State women's volleyball head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm.  "To pay tribute to someone like Terri (Bloomquist), who has survived breast cancer and continues to face this disease is an inspiration for our student-athletes.

"You realize it's more than wearing pink uniforms.  This is a very real disease which has and is effecting people we all know and love," added Brandel-Wilhelm. 

Ferris State is just one of thousands of teams from around the country that will participate in the DiG PiNK National Breast Cancer Awareness Rally. The purpose of the rally is to promote breast health education in the community as well as raising funds to assist in eradicating breast cancer.