Started by the Side-Out Foundation for stage IV breast cancer research, Dig Pink is a fundraising initiative held by women’s volleyball programs of all levels across the country.
Cairn women’s volleyball held its first Dig Pink in 2018. As women’s volleyball coach Whitney Seidel ’17 explains, Dig Pink is an initiative that supports her core belief that “collegiate athletics is at its best when it is coupled with service and community impact off the court.” This year, the team’s fund- raising efforts doubled last year’s total, reaching over $1,500. The funds went to the Breathing Room Foundation: an organization based in Jenkintown, PA, that offers emotional, physical, and financial support to individuals and families affected by cancer.
The Breathing Room Foundation is of particular importance to the Highlanders; the foundation supports fresh- man libero Lizzy Fay and her family as her mother battles cancer. The Fay family was honored before the game, and the audience gave them a touching round of applause. “I am so proud of my athletes and how these young women have embraced this cause,” Coach Seidel explains. “I am excited to see how our annual event grows in the future.”