WESTBOROUGH, Mass. — In the spirit of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Westborough Volleyball is conducting its fourth annual Dig Pink match.
"The kids love it," coach Roger Anderson said. "It's become a big event at the school."
The event began, in part, when JV coach Kiely Murray's mother was fighting the disease. Murray is now an assistant coach for the team.
"I think it was huge for (Kiely)," Anderson said. "The more we brought it up, we found out about more and more of our current athletes parents or relatives that are survivors."
More than 1,600 schools conducted Dig Pink events last year nationwide. Westborough has raised more than $6,000 in its first three years. This year's event will include a JV and varsity match against Shrewsbury High School, along with a ceremony to honor those who have passed from the disease.
"We make sure the kids realize there's more to life than volleyball," Anderson said, also noting that a bake sale will be held during the games of which the proceeds will be added to the donations. "Families have started connecting with other families, and it's going really nicely."
Westborough's goal is to raise $2,500 and a $2 donation is requested at the door, and those in attendance are asked to wear pink. All donations will go to the charity Side Out. Current donations are at just under $1,200 with a few days to go.
Donations can be made online.