MANITOWOC — The Silver Lake College women’s volleyball team will trade in its black uniforms for pink at a home game on Oct. 21 (TODAY) to draw attention to Breast Cancer Awareness month.
People in the stands and across the world also will be donning pink today as part of the awareness campaign.
“Dig Pink is an initiative that is used by volleyball teams across the country to support breast cancer research and awareness,” said Coach Emily Lensmire.
For many of the Lakers volleyball players and support staff, the campaign is personal. The cause is one that touches those near and dear to them.
Courtney Clavers, a senior who has been playing college volleyball for four years, found out that her grandmother was diagnosed with beginning-stage breast cancer in fall of 2015.
“It was overwhelming, but we were glad that they have the technology to catch it early. She was treated and is cancer-free,” Clavers said.
“It’s important to keep spreading the word and raising funds to continue the research and develop new technology and treatments. It’s also important that you go for regular checkups to catch it early,” she said.
Coach Lensmire also has been touched by breast cancer.
“My grandmother lost her battle with breast cancer,” she said. “It’s a battle that everyone needs to work together in. If raising awareness helps even one person with early detection, then that person can be more aggressive fighting the cancer, with better odds of beating it.”
The game for breast cancer awareness will be the last home game of the season. As part of the campaign, T-shirts will be sold and free-will donations will be accepted for baked goods.
The Lakers play Mount Mary University at 5 p.m. on Oct. 21 (TODAY) in the University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc gym, 705 Viebahn St.