Can You Dig it?

Lady Tigers honor friends and family affected by cancer with ‘Dig Pink Night’

Ardel Hanson gets emotional after receiving flowers from players dedicating their game to her as a cancer survivor. (Photo by Cole Benz/The Herald)
Ardel Hanson gets emotional after receiving flowers from players dedicating their game to her as a cancer survivor. (Photo by Cole Benz/The Herald)

By RACHEL BOCK
Herald Reporter

During the last regular season home varsity volleyball game, the Lady Tiger volleyball team played for a special cause that evening, and hosted their very own Dig Pink Night.

On Thursday, Oct. 27, each varsity player from New England decided to play for someone who has either fought, currently fighting, or has survived breast cancer. Not only did the young ladies dedicate their game, but they also had people pledge money prior the start of the game to contribute to breast cancer research.

Pledges were given for individual statistics, team statistics, or a set pledge amount was given to help raise money during the Dig Pink Night.

“It was fun to do,” head coach Taylor Hefner said. “I liked doing the pledges because it gave the girls something to work for.”

The Lady Tigers raised a total of $393.90, which was sent to the Side-Out Foundation, a non-profit breast cancer charity that is known for helping people with breast cancer regain control of their lives. The Foundation works alongside with the volleyball community to help support and fund breast cancer research. Each year around the United States, tens of thousands of volleyball coaches, players, and their family members join together to participate in a Side-Out Program. Through volleyball events, the Side-Out Foundation uses the money that is raised during the events to help with breast cancer awareness, research, education, and patient services.

To make the night extra special, the varsity players wore pink warm ups, and before their match, they presented their special someone with a flower.

Adrienne Roller, Emily Dinius, and Angel Erickson played for New England third grade teacher Michelle Petri. Paige Ehlis, and Molly Rayhorn, played for retired New England Teacher Patti Schatz. Hailee Kuske dedicated her game to her grandma Kay Kuske. Tori Jalbert and Elizabeth Kaufman played for Ardel Hanson. Kaufman also played for Lori Metzger. Hadley Binstock played for her cousin Alyassa Binstock, and Shelley Kathrein dedicated her game to her grandmother Maggie Kathrein. ShyAnne Allen played for New England teacher Dianne Synnott, and coaches Hafner and Wrigglesworth coached for Adrel Hanson, Angela McCann, Karen Brown, and Patti Schatz.

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