Again this year, two Montclair, NJ varsity girls volleyball teams that are arch-rivals on the volleyball court are working together off the court, albeit between fiercely played games, to raise funds for breast cancer research and awareness, a cause both teams are passionate about. The event, called Dig Pink, is today at 4 pm at the Montclair Kimberly Academy (MKA) Middle School on Valley Rd in Montclair, NJ. Last year, the two rival teams worked together and raised more than $1,200; this year, their goal is to raise more than $2,400, which they will donate to the Side-Out Foundation, originator of Dig Pink.
Festivities start promptly at 4 pm with a welcome from Dig Pink, Montclair organizers Tory, a Montclair High senior, and Katie, an MKA senior; presentation of official Dig Pink pins to the attending referees; and the Pledge Allegiance followed by Montclair High’s Passing Notes singing the National Anthem.
Regular game play commences shortly after 4 pm. The varsity team that wins the best 2 out of 3 games will be awarded the official Dig Pink Game Ball today. The winning team will proudly display the pink and white ball for the year leading up to the next Dig Pink matchup in October 2012.
Before and between the games the teams will be selling raffle tickets ($1 for one or 8 for $5) and home-baked goods. Stop by and vie for a chance to win hours of tutoring from the Tutoring Club, a gorgeous necklace from My Inheritance, a haircut and blowout from Total Image Hair Salon or. . . well, stop by, and take a look. And with a score of talented high school bakers, those who pay the modest gate fee ($5 per adult and $3 per students) will have the opportunity to satisfy their sweet tooth by purchasing chocolate chip cookies, pumpkin chocolate chip cake, cherry cake. . .mmmm. . .and more.
My daughter Tory saw her first Dig Pink fundraiser at Ramapo College. Realizing the team building possibilities and opportunity to raise funds for a cause she feels strongly about, Tory spoke with Ramapo’s Assistant Women’s Volleyball Coach Lauren Shears, a Montclair native, and learned about the Side-Out Foundation and Dig Pink. Coach Shears encouraged Tory to organize a Dig Pink event in Montclair. Tory and Katie joined forces, and the two friends organized their first Dig Pink event in October 2010. These two young women graduate in June 2012; they are training willing teammates to carry on the Dig Pink, Montclair tradition.
Side Out, Montclair!