Trinity Volleyball Digs Pink
Trinity’s volleyball team met in an unusual conference match against Olivet Nazarene University, fighting for a win but also working together to “Dig Pink” and raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research.
The lady Trolls were invited by Olivet to partner with them in the Side-Out Foundation’s Dig Pink program, a month-long breast cancer awareness rally supported and organized by high school and college volleyball teams nationwide. The program connected with athletic apparel and equipment vendors who promoted various “pink” products, donating a percentage of the profit to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
“This event was a good reminder that people are struggling to survive. As a team, it is our privilege to be able to support and encourage those who have battled or are still battling breast cancer,” said Melinda Hegeman ’10 of Miami, Florida, co-captain of the volleyball team. “When you’re on a team, it is easy to get caught up on focusing on developing team talent. But being on a team is more than that. It is about making an impact together for others.”
Trinity players did their part by selling pink Trinity volleyball t-shirts, raising $500 for the Komen Foundation which was formally presented at the match with Olivet. Those who wore their pink t-shirt to the match were charged only $1 for admission which was donated to the foundation as well.
Middle hitter and co-captain Sara Ooms ’11 Lansing, Illinois, is a nursing student, and Dig Pink helped her evaluate both her love of the game and her use of her talents.
“Dig Pink reminded me that volleyball is not the most important thing in life, and I should use my gift to praise God and benefit others,” said Ooms. “I cared for a woman during clinicals the other day who is a breast cancer survivor and is so passionate about the cause. I really didn’t know anyone with breast cancer, so it was really good for me to meet this woman because she made the cause I played for on Tuesday more real to me.”
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