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Sept. 29, 2008
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - With the month of October designated as National Breast Cancer Awareness month, head coach Jen Calloway and the USC Upstate volleyball team will start a tradition to support this worthy cause with the Dig for the Cure campaign.
The Spartans have designated their home match on Friday, Oct. 24 against Stetson as USC Upstate's "Dig for the Cure" match. Individual sponsors can pledge money per Spartan kill, block, assist, service ace and dig earned by the Spartans during the match or can make a flat donation for the cause. The money raised by the team will go directly to the Upstate South Carolina Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
"We couldn't be happier to join the Dig For the Cure campaign in support of breast cancer awareness across the country," Calloway said. "It is a disease we have all been touched by in some way and our program is happy to help raise awareness and join the fight against breast cancer."
USC Upstate corporate sponsor Vic Bailey Ford will have its Pink Ford Mustang in support of breast cancer on hand for the event.
People wishing to contribute monetary donations to the Upstate Dig for the Cure campaign can fill out a pledge sheet on www.upstatespartans.com or at any Upstate home volleyball match. You can also contact assistant coach Ashley Stathas at (864) 503-5158 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Originally started in 2003 by Charlotte head coach Lisa Marston, the Dig for the Cure campaign raised over $230,000 in 2007.
"My mother is a breast cancer survivor, and I wanted to combine my volleyball program's community service project with a company that helped her to survive and others like her," says Marston. "Therefore, I started Dig for the Cure with just my program at Charlotte. In the following years, I was able to get my conferences involved. Consequently, the word has gotten out and the effort has grown from my Division I program in 2003 to over 90 programs across the country in all divisions and high schools."
Susan G. Komen for the Cure was established in 1982 by Nancy Brinker to honor the memory of her sister, Susan G. Komen, who died from breast cancer at the age of 36. Today, the Foundation is an international organization with a network of more than 75,000 volunteers working through local affiliates and events like the Komen Race for the Cure® to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease. Together with its Affiliate Network, corporate partners and generous donors, the Komen Foundation has raised more than $740 million for the fight against breast cancer.
For more information, call the National Toll-Free Breast Care Helpline at 1-800-IM AWARE® or visit Komen.org.