Men's Volleyball to Host Dig Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Match on Saturday
April 8, 2009
FAIRFAX, Va. - George Mason will host the Dig Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Match on Saturday, April 11 at 7 p.m. against defending national champion Penn State at the Field House. Commemorative George Mason Dig Pink t-shirts will be sold at the event, with proceeds from the sales to benefit the Side-Out Foundation to aid in its quest to raise money to fund research in the ongoing fight against breast cancer. Saturday's match will be the first-ever Dig Pink event hosted by a men's volleyball team.
During Saturday's match against Penn State, the Patriots will suit up in special white Asics jerseys with pink and black lettering. Mason's libero jersey will be black with pink and white lettering. Fans are encouraged to wear the commemorative George Mason volleyball t-shirts that will be available for purchase at the Field House during Saturday's match. The shirts will be sold for $20. The t-shirts can also be purchased during Friday's 7 p.m. match against Springfield College at the Field House. The Side-Out Foundation will have a booth set up during Saturday's match to provide fans with information about breast cancer as well as the foundation.
"This is a great opportunity to work with Rick Dunetz and the Side-Out Foundation," said George Mason men's volleyball head coach Fred Chao. "All the money he raises through these events goes directly to research. I am honored to be the first men's team in the nation to host a Dig Pink match to raise money for research since this disease has had a direct impact on my family's life."
Founded in 2004 by Dunetz, who currently serves as the head volleyball coach at Annandale High School in Annandale, Va., The Side-Out Foundation was established by a group of individuals drawn together by their love of volleyball, but who also share a similar passion to be a part of the war against breast cancer. Side-Out's mission is to raise money for the war against breast cancer through the recreational activity of volleyball. The 2009 objectives of the foundation are to raise $1,000,000 for breast cancer, create Side-Out Foundation clinical trials based on molecular profiling and targeted therapies, create the Side-Out Foundation Tumor Bank and recruit 3,000 teams to participate in Dig Pink events throughout the year.
Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women in the United States (other than skin cancer). Each year, more than 211,000 American women learn they have this disease. An additional 1,700 men in this country learn they have breast cancer each year. In 2008 alone, 40,930 people in the United States died from the disease.
Tickets to men's volleyball matches at the Field House are sold at the arena on the day of the event and cost $5 for adults and $2 for youth and senior citizens. All full-time enrolled George Mason University students will be admitted free with a valid Mason student ID. Saturday's match is the Apple Federal Credit Union/Broadside Game of the Week. Students in attendance will receive a free bobblehead doll of The Patriot while supplies last.