On Oct. 19, the team will host its Dig Pink match against Rhodes College at 1 p.m. The event is in conjunction with the Side-Out Foundation.. Leading up to the match, Oglethorpe’s head volleyball coach Richie Tang said the volleyball team members will campaign throughout campus to spread the word about the match and garner support for online donations. The overall goal for the team’s fundraiser is $500, for which donations can be made at https://www.side-out.org/cb/campaigns/campaign/6914.
Community members can buy a pink ribbon for $1 and write their loved one’s name on it to be displayed in the gymnasium. There will also be a portion of the day where the team will honor those who have fought breast cancer, as well as those who have died from the illness.
“Our team will have special pink uniforms and it’s a big event where we honor some of the people who have fought breast cancer,” said Tang. “We certainly would like to have people in the community, if they are a breast cancer survivor or have a family member who was lost to it, to let us know and we’d like to honor them during our match.”
One of the captains of this fundraiser, junior and volleyball team member Lisa Inglis, said she participated in Dig Pink matches while in high school and is looking forward to making this event one that future team members can carry on when her class graduates.
“I always loved being a part of it in high school,” she said. “It’s always been something I wanted to continue with.”
Both Tang and Inglis acknowledged Oglethorpe’s giving and volunteering mission as to being the main reason they are looking forward to having this event.
Tang said when he interviewed with the university, its giving nature was what attracted him most.
“We’re really about giving back,” said Tang. “We’re really about serving our community and trying to help our kids do more than just go to school here. It’s a cornerstone of our university to give back and I think we’re just happy to be able to do that through volleyball.”
Inglis is looking to get more of the surrounding communities involved to make this a family-supported atmosphere.
“Our goal is to get people excited and we’re hoping this is something the communities of Brookhaven and Atlanta will support to get people to the game,” she said. “This is one of my last two seasons and I would love for this to be something that continues long after our class is gone.”
If you go:
What: Dig Pink match against Rhodes College
Where: Oglethorpe University’s Dorough Fieldhouse, 4484 Peachtree Road, NE, in Brookhaven
When: Oct. 19 at 1 p.m.
To donate: https://www.side-out.org/cb/campaigns/campaign/6914