The Hesston College volleyball team hosts Tabor College JV (Hillsboro, Kan.) for a 6:30 p.m. match on Friday, Oct. 16. The match will serve as a backdrop for Power of Pink, a fundraiser in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. All proceeds from the gate will be contributed to The Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Hesston College Volleyball joins a multitude of athletics programs throughout the country that contribute, through October sporting events, to this worldwide cause. The Larks, in the midst of a 14-7 season, will wear custom pink jerseys in honor of breast cancer awareness.
“This is the first year I decided to host a breast cancer awareness event,” said Hesston head coach Jessica Cleveland. “A good friend and former college teammate was diagnosed with breast cancer this summer at the age of 27, and so it hit home for me. The more money we raise the more research can be done for this disease that affects everybody in some way.”
The Power of Pink event will include other special activities in addition to the volleyball match. Student-athletes will toss signed pink balls during introductions and a t-shirt serving contest will occur between the second and third sets. The first 75 students admitted will receive a free commemorative t-shirt. Name tags will be available at the door for attendees to write down the names of loved ones impacted by breast cancer. In addition to 100 percent of the gate going to The Susan G. Komen Foundation, a 50/50 raffle will be held with those proceeds also slated for the foundation.
“We’re expecting a big crowd in support of Hesston College Volleyball and this great cause,” said Hesston athletic director Rob Ramseyer. “The battle with breast cancer affects so many people. This donation and the added awareness are small ways we can contribute to the larger effort.”