Ann Dylla practices a serve during warm-ups against MSU on Oct. 3.
Oct. 21, 2010
By: Cc Robinson
ATHENS, Ga. – In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the University of Georgia volleyball team has been participating in the “Dig Pink For Breast Cancer” and raising funds to donate to the Athens Breast Health Center.
“This month is extremely special for us as a team, and it is something important for us to be a part of and to show our support,” said team captain Kathleen Gates. “It is great to see so many teams throughout the country participating in this month of awareness, and I am glad that we can all unite to show our support for something that affects so many people.”
This honor is especially meaningful to redshirt sophomore Briana Bahr.
“Wearing pink is special to me because it stands for my grandma and reminds me that this is a community wide issue,” said Bahr.
Freshman Brittany Northcutt also has a personal connection to the cause.
“My grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer and now she is now in remission,” Northcutt said. “This month is important to me because I remember what my family went through. We wear pink to show that we all are supporting the fight to find a cure.”
On October 3, Georgia’s match against Mississippi State served as the “kick off” of Dig Pink Month for the UGA volleyball team. The Bulldogs came out wearing pink warm-ups, and during the match, there was a silent auction for game worn jerseys and game balls to aid the fund raising efforts. Throughout the month of October, fans have been able to make donations at all homes matches.
“My grandma was at the ‘Dig Pink’ match and that meant a lot to me,” Northcutt said. “I played that match for her. Throughout the game, I saw her sitting in the stands, and I felt honored to be wearing pink to show my support for the women that are battling breast cancer.”
In order to learn more about how breast cancer patients receive care, the team visited and toured the Athens Regional Breast Health Center.
“When we went to the Athens Breast Center, we got to see what patients go through,” said Bahr. “The visit was especially personal for me because this is what my grandma went through. It is nice to know that there are places like this center that provide testing and treatment options.”
At UGA’s final home match in October against Arkansas, the Bulldogs honored breast cancer survivors in attendance at the match and presented Athens Breast Health Center with a donation from the month of fundraising.
“It is great that the money we are raising is staying local and going to people in the Athens community who come out and support us,” said Gates. “This is our way of giving something back and showing that we support and care for them.”