In the Pink with Dig Pink


    WITH DIG PINK 2008


    For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, our Sayville Girls Volleyball Varsity and Junior Varsity teams participated in 2008 DIG PINK, the national fundraising effort, organized by The Side-Out Foundation and Suffolk County Girls Volleyball.


         On the day of the competition, pink balloons and Dig Pink posters set the mood in Sayville team’s home court. To show their participation in the Dig Pink effort, the Hauppauge team arrived sporting pink-sleeved uniforms, while their coach spiked his hair with shocking pink hair gel. The Sayville team, having demonstrated their abiding passion for thinking pink prior to the game by seeking donations for raffles, preparing a bake sale, and ordering pink shirts, wore their own team-numbered Dig Pink shirts as they rallied for awareness and donations. They were supported by the musical assistance of the Pep band, Sayville’s acrobatic Varsity cheerleaders, and other Sayville team athletes and coaches rooting in the bleachers. (The Sayville Field Hockey, which also held a similar Breast Cancer fundraiser at a recent game, attended the Volleyball game in a strong show of support.) Even spectators wore pink in synch with the Breast Cancer Awareness fund drive.


    During the Volleyball game, the sales of T-shirts, Tank Tops, home-baked goods, and raffles combined with the “Dig Contest”  pledges (the final count was 70 digs at $1-a-dig pledge),  and raised more than $1,000!


        While Coach Debbie Urso was understandably excited about winning the league game (3:2) with one of Sayville’s toughest competitors, she was equally thrilled by contributing factors that made the whole event so wonderful. Especially proud of her athletes and their performance, Mrs. Urso expressed her gratitude for the great show of support from the Sayville High School athletic and school community and her appreciation of all the local merchants who donated items for the raffles. The endgame was definitely a win-win situation in the fight against Breast Cancer.