The success of the Ferris State University women's volleyball program is measured in more than just wins and losses, but more importantly in making a difference in people's lives through its annual fundraising endeavors such as "Back To School Night" and the DiG PiNK National Breast Cancer Awareness Rally.
The two annual events raised funds for a pair of worthwhile causes in supporting education for local schools and contributing to the fight against breast cancer.
The "Back To School Night" event was held on Aug. 27 in conjunction with Ferris State's 2009 season-opening match versus St. Joseph's (Ind.) at the Ewigleben Sports Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. Fans earned free admission to the match for donating a new school supply. The donated school supplies collected from the promotional even were in turn given to elementary schools in the local area for distribution to children.
In conjunction with October's National Breast Cancer Awareness month, the Bulldogs participated in the national DiG PiNK initiative on Oct. 9 in a match against Tiffin. Fans were encouraged to wear something pink to the contest in support of breast cancer awareness which both the FSU volleyball student-athletes and coaching staff did with pink uniforms and apparel. A serving contest was also held for a $1 entry fee to help in generating funds. The Ferris State College versus Cancer student organization contributed by selling t-shirts and distributing educational handouts about breast cancer awareness.
A total of $450 was raised between the FSU Athletics Department and the Colleges versus Cancer with half of the proceeds going to the Susan P. Wheatlake Foundation and the other half to the National Volleyball Campaign of DiG PiNK. A highlight of the event was an inaugural first serve by breast cancer survivor Terri Bloomquist, who presently serves as the coordinator of veteran and athletic programs at Ferris State.
The 2009 Bulldog volleyball team is also currently involved in the African Well Fund which is dedicated to raising monies to ensure safe drinking water and sanitary conditions for rural schools in Uganda. Every cent donated for a FSU dig in the team's 2009 conference regular-season matches will go directly to support this worthwhile endeavor.