The Lock Haven University volleyball team is pairing up with a local cancer organization to host the annual “Dig Pink” game on Friday, Oct. 23.
The effort is to increase awareness, education and funds for breast cancer research.
The Bald Eagles will be wearing pink for the match and those in attendance are asked to wear pink as well to support the cause.
The team will have a limited number of t-shirts on sale for $20 with a portion of the proceeds going to the local cancer organization. To place an order, contact head coach Dan Krieger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Junior defensive specialist Sydney Belcastro is honored to be part of the tradition. “To be part of something so special means a lot to me. During October, the whole community comes together in order to raise the awareness and I feel honored to help with something so important. It’s awesome to have our Dig Pink game and see everyone come and support breast cancer. When both teams are in their pink jerseys, even though we are opponents, we come together for the common cause,” said Belcastro.
As a junior, she has been a part of the Dig Pink game more than once and took time to reflect on last year’s game. “Last years Dig Pink game was a rewarding experience. We had a survivor, Deb Simcox, come to the game and tell everyone about her story. It was touching that she was so strong throughout her journey and that she was able to share it with everyone so openly. Times like that to make me realize that life is taken for granted. And of course It felt great to win that game,” said Belcastro.
Belcastro will play for her aunt Jaime and family friend Jill King, who are both survivors of breast cancer. “They mean so much to me. I was able to get my aunt one of our Dig Pink shirts last year and I felt honored to hand it to her because of her fight. I’m not a very emotional person, but to see the tears in her eyes when I gave it to her was very touching. I will continue to play for them and all the fighters out there,” said Belcastro.