HAVERFORD, Pa. — Oct. 13, 2009 — For the fourth straight year, 11 volleyball teams in the Centennial Conference will be joining forces in the fight against breast cancer. The 2009 Digging for a Cure campaign, which benefits local breast cancer organization Living Beyond Breast Cancer, takes place during the month of October coinciding with Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Each school designates one "Digging for a Cure" match and pledges are collected for each dig the team records in the selected match. A dig is a defensive play where a player prevents an opponent’s attack from scoring by "digging" the ball before it hits the ground. Pledges and donations are collected throughout the month of October and the total amount raised by the eleven schools will be announced at the Centennial Volleyball Championships on November 7 and 8, 2009.
The designated match dates are:
Oct. 3 – Haverford
Oct. 10 – Washington
Oct. 17 – Johns Hopkins
Oct. 21 – McDaniel, Swarthmore, Ursinus
Oct. 22 – Bryn Mawr
Oct. 24 – Franklin & Marshall, Muhlenberg
Oct. 28 – Dickinson, Gettysburg
Over the last three years, the 11 teams have raised more than $26,000 in donations and pledges. The money raised during the 2008 campaign was donated to Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC), a non-profit organization based in Haverford, Pa., dedicated to empowering all women affected by breast cancer to live as long as possible with the best quality of life.
"This year we’ve once again selected LBBC as the beneficiary of the Digging for a Cure campaign," said Harleigh Chwastyk, head coach of Swarthmore College’s volleyball team and one of the conference organizers. "We want the money raised to go to a charity that is local to the conference."
"We’re so grateful to the Centennial Conference teams for once again selecting LBBC as the designated charity," said Jean Sachs, MSS, MLSP, chief executive officer of LBBC. "Proceeds of these events will benefit LBBC’s education and support programs for women affected by breast cancer."
The Centennial Conference first became involved in "Digging for a Cure" in 2006 when Chwastyk brought up the idea as a community service project to the other coaches in the Centennial Conference. For more information about the 2009 Digging for a Cure campaign and to learn how to get involved, please visit http://www.centennial.org/volleyball/index.html.
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Living Beyond Breast Cancer is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering all women affected by breast cancer to live as long as possible with the best quality of life. Programs and services include lbbc.org, the Survivors’ Helpline at (888) 753-LBBC (5222), conferences, teleconferences, networking programs, newsletters, publications and recordings.
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