Haverford, Pa., Oct. 8, 2010 — For the fifth straight year, 11 volleyball teams in the Centennial Conference will be joining forces in the fight against breast cancer. The 2010 Digging for a Cure initiative, 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 Nov. 6 - 7, 2010.
The designated match dates are:
Saturday, Oct. 2
McDaniel at Swarthmore
Wednesday, Oct. 6
Franklin & Marshall at Ursinus
Saturday, Oct. 16
Dickinson at Bryn Mawr
Gettysburg at Washington
Johns Hopkins at Muhlenberg
Over the last four years, the 11 teams have raised nearly $37,000 in donations and pledges. The money raised during the 2009 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 2010 Digging for a Cure campaign and to learn how to get involved, please visit http://www.centennial.org/volleyball/Dig4Cure.html.
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Living Beyond Breast Cancer, founded in 1991, 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 an educational Web site, lbbc.org; the toll-free Survivors’ Helpline at (888) 753-LBBC (5222); national conferences; free teleconferences; networking programs; quarterly newsletters; publications for medically underserved women; healthcare-provider trainings; recordings; and the Paula A. Seidman Library and Resource Center.